Clifton Public Library

Libraries were at one time made available only to people who could afford an education. In the middle of the 19th century the push for truly public libraries came. They were paid by taxes and run by the state in Europe. Libraries were often started with a donation, endowment or left to parishes, churches, schools or towns. All of these social and institutional libraries formed the base of many academic and public library collections of today. Andrew Carnegie had the biggest influence in financing libraries in the U.S. The Carnegie foundation built 1,700 libraries from 1900 to 1917, insisting that local communities first guarantee tax support of each library built.

Today libraries rely on foundations, donors and local corporations to support them financially while they faced government funding problems. In 2004, there were nearly $164 million in funding cuts to libraries nationwide. As of 2010, there were 9,214 public libraries in the United States. Branching out from providing just books, many libraries are also a free source to use a computer, the internet, fax machine, a place of clubs to meet, and provide special programs such as for ESL, children's learning and more.

The ANC Foundation proudly supports education and supported the Clifton Public Library. With many libraries going through difficult economic times and expansion still necessary, communities and foundations supporting libraries is essential to their existence.


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