Public library technology services and resources available for patrons in the United States as of November 2014, by urbanity

U.S. public library technology and online services 2014, by urbanity This statistic presents the most popular public library technology services and resources available for patrons in the United States as of November 2014, sorted by urbanity. During the survey period it was found that 68.6 percent of U.S. public libraries in suburban areas offered online job or employment resources to patrons. Only 52.3 percent of libraries in rural areas did the same.
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CitySuburbanTownRural
E-books98.3%97.6%92.3%81.2%
Digital media content82.7%67.7%43.9%36%
Online homework assistance98.2%96%95%93.8%
Online job/employment resources77.7%68.6%61.3%52.3%
Online language learning84%75.3%48.6%35.5%
Online health resources92.3%84.9%75.5%65.9%
Video conferencing services6.3%6.5%17.3%14.3%
Print on demand (POD)2.3%1.9%3.4%1.4%
Mobile-device enabled website59.8%59.6%44.3%33.6%
Mobile apps to access library services and resources63%54%37.3%29.8%
Scanned codes36.1%35.6%23.3%13.1%
CitySuburbanTownRural
E-books98.3%97.6%92.3%81.2%
Digital media content82.7%67.7%43.9%36%
Online homework assistance98.2%96%95%93.8%
Online job/employment resources77.7%68.6%61.3%52.3%
Online language learning84%75.3%48.6%35.5%
Online health resources92.3%84.9%75.5%65.9%
Video conferencing services6.3%6.5%17.3%14.3%
Print on demand (POD)2.3%1.9%3.4%1.4%
Mobile-device enabled website59.8%59.6%44.3%33.6%
Mobile apps to access library services and resources63%54%37.3%29.8%
Scanned codes36.1%35.6%23.3%13.1%

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This statistic presents the most popular public library technology services and resources available for patrons in the United States as of November 2014, sorted by urbanity. During the survey period it was found that 68.6 percent of U.S. public libraries in suburban areas offered online job or employment resources to patrons. Only 52.3 percent of libraries in rural areas did the same.
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Release date
October 2015
Region
United States
Survey time period
September to November 2014
Number of respondents
survey n = 15,070 service branches
Supplementary notes
Excludes bookmobiles.

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