The 2020 Census will take place primarily online, although many residents lack home internet access. This is a challenge that makes Georgia's public libraries ideal partners for city officials as they work to ensure a successful census count.
- Provide free access to the internet and public computers. For some residents, it may be their only access to the online world.
- Deliver information about the Census and host community outreach activities.
- Serve as trusted messengers, including in hard-to-count communities.
- Provide affordable temporary workspaces for Census Bureau field staff, including for hiring and training events.
- Train data users and provide access to Census statistics for businesses and community members.
According to the American Library Association
, a public library is located within five miles of 99% of hard-to-count census tracts identified with the lowest response rates in 2010 - and 73% of the time a library is located within one mile. Please use this one-page handout
to communicate how local elected officials and other community leaders can partner with libraries.
To find a library in or near your community, please access the directory of Georgia Public Library Directors
and a searchable list of all 392 public library facilities
in Georgia with addresses and other contact information. You may also email Wendy Cornelisen
, Assistant State Librarian and member of the statewide Complete Count Committee, with questions regarding partnerships between your city and the Georgia Public Library Service.