Reports on Public Library Services

Over the years, OCLC has issued numerous insightful publications, such as the “Perceptions of Libraries” report. A recent publication is, “U.S. Public Libraries: A Snapshot of Priorities and Perspectives,” which is available from the OCLC website.

This two-page report summarizes results from an OCLC study conducted in mid-2011 among more than 4,000 respondents, including 1,298 public library representatives. According to the report, public librarian survey respondents say they are focusing on Internet access, delivering e-content, and demonstrating value to funders.

While most respondents agree that borrowing books and materials remains the top reason clients use public libraries today, 62 percent anticipate that the reasons people use libraries will change over the next five years. Respondents expect a bigger emphasis on e-content, and think both in-person and online library use will increase.