Snapshot of Library Usage in California


The California Library Snapshot Day data sheet is available for download from the California Library Association (CLA) website under “CA Libraries” on the “Snapshot of Library Usage in California” webpage. The data sheet contains a wealth of information about library usage in California presented in an attractive and easy-to-read format. It includes data collected on California Library Snapshot Day, and literacy and inter library loan statistics provided by the California State Library.

Developed by CLA to demonstrate the value and importance of California’s libraries, this information will assist the library community with lobbying and advocacy for libraries not only statewide and nationally, but in their local communities as well.

CLA President and Whittier Public Library Director, Paymaneh Maghsoudi, said: “We encourage everyone to use the California Library Snapshot Day flyer and all legislative and advocacy resources provided by CLA to promote libraries during National Library Week, on Legislative Days, and beyond. Give the flyer to your legislators, your funders, and all members of your community! Thank you to the 1,140 libraries and library jurisdictions that helped CLA collect such valuable data on California Library Snapshot Day.”

CLA member libraries that took part in Snapshot Day receive a professionally-designed data sheet that is tailored to their institution and are also located on the CLA website under “Participating Libraries” located off of the “Snapshot of Library Usage in California” webpage .

The California Library Association was established in 1895 and currently has 3,000 members consisting of librarians, library employees, library students, friends groups and trustees, businesses, institutions, and members of the general public.

The ALA Library Snapshot Day initiative is co-sponsored by the Committee on Library Advocacy’s (COLA’s) Advocacy Coordinating Group, the ALA Chapter Relations Committee (CRC), the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL).


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