Mini Poll: Library Fine?

Do you live in the City, in St. Louis county, or somewhere else?


City:
 63%
County:
 28%
Somewhere else:
 8%

 


How many times during the past year have you visited a public library?


None:
 18%
1-5 times:
 21%
6-10 times:
 13%
11-25 times:
 14%
More than 25 times:
 34%

Lives in the City:

None:
 20%
1-5 times:
 21%
6-10 times:
 14%
11-25 times:
 14%
More than 25 times:
 31%

Does Not Live In City:

None:
 16%
1-5 times:
 20%
6-10 times:
 10%
11-25 times:
 16%
More than 25 times:
 38%

 


Do you have a current borrowing card for your local library?


Yes:
 77%
No:
 23%

Lives in the City:

Yes:
 76%
No:
 24%

Does Not Live In City:

Yes:
 78%
No:
 22%

 


Do you currently owe a fine to your local library?


Yes:
 21%
No:
 79%

 


Do you think there are too many, too few, or just the right number of libraries in your neighborhood?


Too many:
 8%
Too few:
 17%
Just the right number:
 75%

Lives in the City:

Too many:
 9%
Too few:
 16%
Just the right number:
 75%

Does Not Live In City:

Too many:
 3%
Too few:
 18%
Just the right number:
 78%

 


With the prevalence of Internet access, online booksellers, and large chain bookstores, do you think libraries still have the same importance to their communities?


Greater importance:
 48%
Less importance:
 21%
About the same:
 31%

 


Have you used a library for Internet access?


Yes:
 46%
No:
 54%

Lives in the City:

Yes:
 42%
No:
 58%

Does Not Live In City:

Yes:
 52%
No:
 48%

 


Which of the following strategies would be most effective in getting (more) people to the library (more) often?


An advertising campaign about library services:
 15%
Working with schools to bring kids to the library:
 29%
Adding amenities like cafes and gift shops:
 18%
Lending more recent DVDs, computer games, and music:
 13%
Making libraries portals to access community and government services:
 16%
Increasing the visibility of security in and around the library:
 9%

 


Do you think enough money is being spent to assist public libraries in your community?


Too much money is being spent:
 9%
The right amount of money is being spent:
 42%
Not enough money is being spent:
 50%

Lives in the City:

Too much money is being spent:
 10%
The right amount of money is being spent:
 40%
Not enough money is being spent:
 50%

Does Not Live In City:

Too much money is being spent:
 5%
The right amount of money is being spent:
 43%
Not enough money is being spent:
 52%

 


Do you favor or oppose a greater national security effort to keep track of which library patrons are reading certain books or monitoring certain Internet sites?


Favor:
 10%
Oppose:
 88%
I think Homeland Security should station agents in public libraries:
 2%

 


Now, considering the region's best known and largest public library system. Please give the St. Louis Public Library system a letter grade for each of the following characteristics:


Having enough computers and on-line services:


A:
 17%
B:
 26%
C:
 17%
D:
 4%
F:
 1%
Don't Know:
 36%

Having enough programs to serve immigrants and other new Americans:


A:
 11%
B:
 19%
C:
 9%
D:
 3%
F:
 1%
Don't Know:
 57%

Having enough knowledgeable librarians:


A:
 41%
B:
 25%
C:
 11%
D:
 2%
F:
 1%
Don't Know:
 21%

Providing enough meeting rooms for the use of community groups:


A:
 34%
B:
 20%
C:
 8%
D:
 3%
F:
 1%
Don't Know:
 34%

Keeping library buildings clean and well maintained:


A:
 51%
B:
 21%
C:
 4%
D:
 7%
F:
 1%
Don't Know:
 16%

Having the right selection of books and other materials:


A:
 34%
B:
 31%
C:
 7%
D:
 2%
F:
 7%
Don't Know:
 18%

 


In which fictional library would you most want to work?


Hogwarts Library (In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling):
 36%
Library of Babel (In The Library of Babel by Jorge Luis Borges):
 7%
Metropolitan Public Library (In The Librarian, made for TV movie):
 26%
Sunnydale High School Library (In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, movie and TV series):
 8%
Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (In The Mummy, movie):
 24%

 


BONUS QUESTION:
As the Internet has developed, more middle-income people have gotten on-line compared with lower income people. What should local government do to address this issue?


Do nothing and wait for the price of computers and Internet access to fall enough so lower-income people can afford to get on the Internet:
 17%
Support greater wiring of libraries and schools so lower-income people can get on the Internet:
 74%
Subsidize the purchase of computers and Internet access for lower-income people:
 8%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.