May 16, 2022

National Library Week 2022: A Compilation of Facts and Statistics From the U.S. Census About Libraries and Librarians

From the U.S. Census:

From the American Library Association:

“The theme for National Library Week 2022, ‘Connect with Your Library,’ promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes—in addition to books. Most importantly libraries also connect communities to each other. Overall, the theme is an explicit call to action—an invitation for communities to join, visit, or advocate for their local libraries.”

From The American Presidency Project, Proclamation 3226—National Library Week, March 15, 1958:

“Let National Library Week be a time for the appraisal of community needs for library services and of the means for meeting them, for encouraging the development of a better-read, better-informed citizenry, and for rededication to that fine public service that has always been characteristic of the libraries of America.”

Key Stats

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) 1-Year Estimates.

TableID B24124, Detailed Occupation For The Full-Time, Year-Round Civilian Employed Population 16 Years And Over, see Librarians, Library technicians, and Other education instruction and library workers

Note: The table image above is cropped at the bottom. Click on the image for the full table with more than 550 occupations.

More Stats

Source: Annual Survey of State and Local Government Finances 2019.

Table 1.  State and Local Government Finances by Level of Government and by State: 2019, see Line 76, Libraries.

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.