Sharable Impact Statements about Georgia’s Public Libraries
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At the library, children can discover and imagine, older adults and those with disabilities can be introduced to accessible technology to maintain independence, job seekers can develop new skills and students can prepare for life beyond high school.
4.3 million Georgians have a library card, and our libraries lend 96,000 items daily –almost as many different items as are carried by Walmart.
Georgia Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled (GLS), our “talking book” and large-print library, has more than 430,000 annual checkouts, and users who are physically unable to visit a library can obtain materials freely by mail.
More than 10,000 public computers provide high-speed broadband access to help people find employment, learn new skills and stay connected with their communities.
More than 2.5 million Georgians attend free public library programs each year. We also coordinate the statewide Summer Reading Program, which provides free educational and cultural enrichment activities to prevent a drop in reading skills during the summer months.
Georgia public libraries’ Archival Services and Digital Initiatives has facilitated the addition of more than 600,000 images to the Digital Library of Georgia allowing free, online access to primary sources on local history.
The annual 26 million in-person visits and 44 million website visits to Georgia’s public libraries far exceed the number of visitors to many of the state’s other attractions – combined!
Strategic partnerships with state parks, museums, and other attractions have provided hundreds of hours of free programming for public library patrons while saving Georgia families money.
Public libraries support students and curriculum at all educational levels, from early literacy to college.
Public access computers and free wifi bridge the gap for Georgians who do not have
broadband at home, allowing them to complete job applications, training courses, and access e-government resources.
Libraries impact local economy and workforce development by providing resources to build marketable job skills, hosting computer training, and more.
Georgia’s public libraries are the heart of their local community; they are innovative places that help people achieve their goals at any stage of life.