09 April 2018

These Countries Have the Most Public Libraries per Capita

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Public libraries are the soul of communities around the world. They stay open whatever the season, from the dog days of summer to the harshest days of winter. They deliver holiday cheer. Some even go on road trips. Public libraries are the pinnacle of civilization, rich with information, both print and digital. They promote literacy and a love of reading. They narrow the digital divide. They offer countless items, from the useful to the unusual. They ease us into adulthood. All are welcome. Refugees. The homeless. The unemployed. Kids. Cats and dogs. Public libraries—and the librarians who staff them—have an immeasurable impact on society. The number of public libraries—and the willingness to fund them—reveals a lot about a country’s values. Which countries, then, have the most public libraries per capita? The answers, based on information compiled by the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), may surprise you. Here are the top 10 countries with the most public libraries per capita:
  1. Niue
  2. Belarus
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Georgia
  5. San Marino
  6. Azerbaijan
  7. Latvia
  8. Ukraine
  9. Moldova
  10. Estonia

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