Give Yourself a Little Credit, Get a Library Card

In Colorado, public library cards are as prevalent as Visa credit cards. In 1996, Americans had over 200 million Visa credit cards. If Coloradans held a proportional share of those cards, there were an estimated 2.8 million Visa cards in the Centennial state. In 1995, Coloradans had 2.5 million library cards. If registration of new borrowers by the state’s public libraries continued at the rate demonstrated between 1993 and 1995, the number of library cards in 1996 was 2.8 million.

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