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Count on Georgia Public Libraries as Partners for the 2020 Census

July 24, 2019

Georgia Public Library Service

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.
Libraries can
  • 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.

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