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Fewer dollars, more demands on public libraries

Fewer dollars, more demands on public libraries

CREATED Mar 7, 2012

Web Producer: Alexandra Sutter

PHOENIX (AP) - A national study indicates public libraries are faced with greater demands while receiving fewer financial resources during hard economic times.
The Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trust says library spending per capita is only $24 in Phoenix compared to a high of $101 per capita in San Francisco.
The number of library computers available per 10,000 residents in Phoenix is 3.5 compared to 17.1 in Seattle.
The Pew Charitable Trust report finds that libraries have become multipurpose community centers by helping residents with limited incomes and education find jobs.
Others are helped by obtaining health information and immigrants go there to learn English.

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