Shrinking budgets and advancing technology may be ever-present threats to libraries, but the good news is Americans still appreciate their local institutions. Per the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project report, "How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities," Americans aged 16 and older feel the closure of their public libraries would have an impact on their communities (90%) and their families (67%). While many Americans can identify their closest library (91%), they don't always know what it offers.
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