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About Libraries

Public Libraries

Public libraries are places for education and self-help and offer an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn and to pursue self-improvement. In response to community needs for information, many libraries offer such programs as English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, homework help, after-school programs for children, job information centers, assistance for new immigrants, literacy programs, and much, much more.  To serve such community needs, public libraries collect and make available information in many, many formats.

The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 10,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States, with a growing presence around the world. PLA offers continuing education opportunities, unique public library initiatives, and a conference that welcomes public library staff into meaningful partnership. In collaboration with its parent organization, the American Library Association, PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders.

Your County library provides a free critical service to the community, offering an invaluable reading and learning resource to users of all ages. The library offers full physical and digital collections with books, movies, television shows, and music for all ages. In-library services include computers and WiFi, events and classes, and online research and homework assistance. Their digital branch offers downloadable eBooks and eAudioBooks, cover-to-cover magazines and newspapers, live homework help, and tons more. The library also extends beyond our walls with our many outreach services.

Your library provides a critical service to the community, offering an invaluable reading and learning resource to users of all ages. 

School Libraries

A dedicated facility located in and administered by the school that provides at least the following: an organized, circulating collection of printed and/or audiovisual and/or computer-based resources, or a combination thereof; paid staff; an established schedule during which services of the staff are available to students and faculty; instruction on using library materials to support classroom standards and improve student research and literacy skills.

Learning for life, whether the focus is on readiness for the next grade or college and career readiness, the school library program plays a crucial role in preparing students for informed living in the 21st century. The school library program provides learning opportunities that enable students to become efficient and effective in the pursuit of information. 

Academic Libraries

Academic libraries encompass research libraries, baccalaureate, masters and doctoral degree-granting institutions, junior and community colleges, and distance learning programs of higher education.  Academic libraries work together with other members of their institutional communities to participate in, support, and achieve the educational mission of their institutions by teaching the core competencies of information literacy—the abilities involved in identifying an information need, accessing needed information, evaluating, managing, and applying information, and understanding the legal, social, and ethical aspects of information use.