Public libraries serve a unique role in providing free access to all types of information and telecommunications services. Because two-thirds of our nation’s libraries report that they provide the only free access to computers and the Internet in their communities and that the demands for these and other library services have increased, I support funding for the Library Services and Technology Act.
Museums are a vital part of our communities and educational infrastructure. Each year, museums provide more than 18 million instructional hours to schoolchildren and educators and spend more than $20 billion in their communities. They are economic engines – employing 400,000 Americans, spurring local tourism and contributing to the cultural fabric of our nation. I will continue to support adequate funding for the Office of Museum Services, the primary federal agency that supports our nation’s 17,500 museums.