Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Kathryn Zickuhr et al. June 25, 2013.

Younger Americans–those ages 16-29–exhibit a fascinating mix of habits and preferences when it comes to reading, libraries, and technology. Almost all Americans under age 30 are online, and they are more likely than older patrons to use libraries’ computer and internet connections; however, they are also still closely bound to print, as three-quarters (75%) of younger Americans say they have read at least one book in print in the past year, compared with 64% of adults ages 30 and older. Similarly, younger Americans’ library usage reflect a blend of traditional and technological services. Americans under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit the library, and once there they borrow print books and browse the shelves at similar rates. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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