It's National Library Week!
(April 4-10, 2021)
Just released! State of the America's Libraries 2021 - Special Report
Celebrate with Fun Activities:
National Library Week Word Search Activity Page (PDF)
Word Search Answers (PDF)
National Library Week Coloring Page (PDF)
National Library Week Coloring Page in Spanish (PDF)
University Libraries at Idaho State University is a physical place, but more and more it is an online digital space. We are here to support students, faculty, and community.
Need help with research or finding relevant information? Visit us at any of our library locations, use our Ask a Librarian email form, Chat with us (Monday -Thursday from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m, & Sat 4 - 7 p.m.), or Schedule a Meeting.
A growing body of evidence suggests that students’ academic success is linked to library usage, including improved student retention and an enhanced academic experience.
- Findings from the Assessment in Action Team Projects
Did You Know?
Digital media titles in U.S. academic libraries have increased by 50% since 2014. - Data generated from HER IPEDS Statistical Tables
Academic libraries have almost 2.5 billion physical and electronic items in their collections available for use. - Data generated from NCES IPEDS Statistical Tables
Digital media titles in U.S. academic libraries have increased by 50% since 2014. - Data generated from NCES IPEDS Statistical Tables
National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries, librarians, and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities.
In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from "encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time" to "improving incomes and health" and "developing strong and happy family life."
In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme "Wake Up and Read!" The 2018 celebration marked the 60th anniversary of the first event.