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Public Libraries Key in Digital Infrastructure

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The University of Washington Information School has just released a research study which profiles people who use public access computers and internet connections in libraries, the types of use in which they engage, and the impact that use has on them, their families, friends, and communities.

The results clearly show that public libraries are a key element of America’s digital infrastructure and that large numbers of people are using public access services to meet their needs in health, education, employment, and other important areas. The new, reliable data provided by this report will support local and national advocacy and funding efforts.

The study report, titled “Opportunity for All: How the American Public Benefits from Internet Access at U.S. Libraries” is available online via this shortcut link: www.sos.wa.gov/quicklinks/impact. The study was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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