Just How Many Libraries Have Closed? Ask LISNews


Submitted byBlake Carver (not verified)on Wed, 01/25/2012 - 13:01
Submitted byBlake Carver (not verified)on Fri, 01/27/2012 - 05:26

Following up on comments on a recent story, I'd like to ask the LISNews community: Are there any credible published reports of the number of US library closures in the past year/two years/five years, etc? Also welcome are findings for other countries.

  • Do you--does anyone--have any actual data on actual library system closings? Not branches, not temporary shutdowns, but public libraries that actually disappear--or, let's say, shut down for at least three years?

    Has it been 1% over the last 10 years? 0.5%? 0.1%?

    Have there been more public libraries (again, not branches--those are inherently more temporary) closed or opened over the last decade?

  • Please contribute your findings and attribution in a comment below, thanks.