Common Dreams has posted an article by Neal Peirce of the Seattle Times that explores the role public libraries play in many Americans’ job search. It’s easy to assume that most people own a computer and have internet access. Many don’t, and they rely on the resources of the country’s public library system, which, in most cities, has seen cuts in funding and hours.
In cities where services have been cut or are proposed to be cut, citizens are fighting to save libraries. According to a survey by the Gates Foundation, 88% of libraries offer access to job resources and 66% of librarians are helping patrons with online applications. Public libraries also offer databases and books that patrons cannot afford. In many places, they give students a safe, quiet place to study.
As the title of the article states, libraries are “enablers of Americans’ dreams.”