Four facts about libraries on the 'net

  1. Of 1,148 public libraries in a recent survey, 20.9% possess an Internet connection, although only 12.7% provide public access terminals for patron use.
  2. A thoroughly unsurprising study released by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science discovered that bigger libraries located in urban areas tend to be better connected to the Internet than smaller libraries in rural areas.
  3. The Seattle Public Library was the first in the United States to provide free public computer terminals for Internet access.
  4. According to the Seattle Times, the Seattle Public Library has become popular among the homeless population - not for its comfortable chairs or warmth, but for its link to the Internet. Many of the homeless (self-named the "Net Geeks") are said to know more about how to navigate the Net than the librarians do.

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