Referenda Roundup | American Libraries Magazine

Referenda Roundup

How states performed on library measures in 2015

By Kathy Rosa | January 4, 2016

During the 2015 election year, the ALA Office for Research and Statistics tracked 88 library referenda across 21 states. More than three-quarters of the measures passed, with 69 wins and only 18 losses (an additional one was advisory). Ohio and New York showed their strong support of libraries by passing 20 and 23 referenda respectively.

Source: Referenda Roundup | American Libraries Magazine


Some welcome news for libraries. 78% of library referenda PASSED last year. It’s great to see communities supporting their libraries with dollars in addition to the frequent kind words that they receive.

I’m also grateful to the Office for Research and Statistics for the American Library Association (ALA). Their research is one of many benefits from the dues of its members.

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