Did You Know?

Georgians rely on public libraries for education, job and career information, research, training and entertainment

The 33.4 million annual visitors to Georgia’s public libraries in FY2012 far exceed the number of visitors to many of the state’s other attractions — combined!

  • Overnight visitors to City of Savannah: 6.5 million
  • Centennial Olympic Park: 3 million
  • Atlanta Braves home games: 2.5 million
  • Georgia Aquarium: 2.3 million
  • UGA and Georgia Tech home football games: 956,000
  • Zoo Atlanta: 866,000
  • Atlanta Hawks home games: 502,000

Georgians believe libraries are vital public resources.

  • 2,757 Georgians work in public libraries.
  • More than 2,500+ Georgians volunteer with public libraries, either directly or as members of local “Friends” organizations.
  • Nearly 2,000 Georgians serve as trustees for their local public libraries.

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Georgia Public Library Statistics FY2012

Georgians value the benefits their public library cards provide.

  • Georgia population: 10.5 million
  • Georgians with library cards: 4.5 million
  • Georgians with PINES cards: 2.8 million

Public libraries are accessible to virtually every community.

In Georgia, there are:

  • 400 public library branches and service outlets
  • 212 communities with a public golf course
  • 207 Starbucks stores
  • 180 Publix grocery stores
  • 133 Wal-Mart stores
  • 63 state parks
  • 60 Holiday Inn hotels

Sources: Georgia Public Library Statistics FY2012, Atlanta Convention & Visitors
Bureau, Savannah Convention & Visitors Bureau, ESPN, Zoo Atlanta. Photo of Amicalola
Falls courtesy Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources; elephant photo courtesy Zoo Atlanta.

Originally published in “Did you know? Facts about Georgia Public Libraries,” available as a PDF download on the GPLS PR & Advocacy page.