The American Library Association provided background material for the reporters. Two key statistics to note:
- 73% of public libraries report they provide the only free access to the Internet in their communities. This rises to 83 percent for rural libraries: http://tinyurl.com/mupmzd and www.ala.org/plinternetfunding .
- 68% of Americans have a library card: http://tinyurl.com/9ewpcc.
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