Library contributions to education and learning range broadly from getting every child ready to read, to K-20 library services for students, to GED classes, to research skills-building, to continuing education and online certification courses. In short, libraries are critical in helping all ages ascend through education.

  • All educational activities and advancement are supported at libraries. 32.5 million people use library technology resources to help them achieve their educational goals in a year.
  • Students, K-20, are greatly supported with respect to homework and information technology access. 70% of parents report their children use the public library; 77% of student library users ages 12-17 use the library for homework.
  • Continuing adult education is a hallmark of libraries. Many libraries offer both traditional and digital literacy programs aimed at helping the approximately 36 million U.S. adults have low literacy, numeracy or digital skills.
  • Early learning at libraries is important to families. Many libraries dedicate a specific area of the library building to children, and provide parents with recommendations of appropriate materials, including Apps for young children and other digital resources—and in FY 2010, libraries in the United States offered more than 2.3 million children’s programs. These programs accounted for nearly two thirds (61.5%) of all library programming.
  • Non-traditional students, i.e., home-schoolers, those seeking GEDs, are supported. For example, many libraries provide computers and other resources to the hundreds of thousands of individuals who take the GED each year, and some are registered as GED testing centers.
  • Digital literacy and traditional literacy training are offered by information experts. 98% of libraries provide formal or informal technology training to patrons.

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