Number of Libraries in the United States
ALA Library Fact Sheet 1
There are an estimated 120,096 libraries of all kinds in the United States today.
No single annual survey provides statistics on all types of libraries. Figures for public, academic, and school libraries come from surveys by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), while the others come from Information Today’s American Library Directory.
Specifically, the public libraries numbers come from the IMLS Public Libraries in the United States Survey, from the latest report in the series, Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2011 (2014).
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