National Library Week: The State of America’s Libraries 2023 Report

The State of America’s Libraries 2023 Report

Thank you for joining the SUNY Cortland Memorial Library in celebrating National Library Week!

To finish out the week here is the American Library Association’s “State of America’s Libraries Report 2023”

In 2022, the global COVID-19 pandemic entered its third year; political, economic and digital divides grew; and book challenges and bans surged across the country. ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked a record 1,269 book challenges, the highest number of demands to ban books reported since they began compiling data about censorship in libraries. But despite all these challenges, libraries thrived, pivoting to offer new and updated services to their communities. Adaptation and innovation shined in 2022, proving that there truly is “more to the story” at libraries.