Important Stats on American Libraries
Library StatsWho Uses Libraries and What They do at Their Libraries / Pew Research Center
90% of Americans say the closing of their local public library would impact their community and 67% said it would affect them and their families.
Library Stats10 facts about Americans and public libraries / Pew Research Center
30% of library users say they know little or nothing about the services their library provides.
Library StatsPeople love public libraries, but they aren’t using them / PBS News Hour
Fewer than half of all survey respondents said they had visited a library or bookmobile in the last year. That’s down from 53 percent in 2012. And about one-fifth of respondents said they accessed library materials online in the last year.
Library StatsPublic Library Use / American Library Association
Four-out-of-five Americans (83%) say they have used the library at some point whether in the past 12 months or longer ago than that.
Bringing Style to Libraries
Library Chic is a project that uses branding, visual impact and style to attract users and financial donors to libraries. It was created by Donna Jackson, owner of DMJStudio, a creative workshop, who has been a brand developer and designer for public libraries for the past sixteen years.
After living and breathing library for more than a decade, she saw that at the core, visual appeal, which is connected to brand recognition and also customer impression, was not consistently valued in most library systems. She also recognized that the cut in funding for the past decade for most public libraries has made visual impactful change difficult. Through Library Chic processes, brand initiatives can be developed and prototypes for other changes can be implemented to help build the audience and financial support needed to make more permanent changes and get better funding.
Libraries Should Be Beautiful
Inside and Out
Let's break the stereotypes of what libraries look like and who they are for and expand the library experience to fit more people's lifestyles.