Recently OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) published statistics gathered from 719 libarians from 23 states, and the numbers may surprise you. Did you know that more people visit the library each year than attend movies? Speaking of movies, libraries are close to beating Netflix in DVD use (Netflix rentals: 2.2 million; DVDs borrowed from libraries: 2.1 million). Every day, 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their public library: there are 3,000 Department of Labor Career Centers, but 13,000 libraries offering career assistance.
Yes, these figures may be startling to some, but those of us who work in libraries aren't the least bit surprised!