Libraries 2016

Libraries 2016. Pew Research Center. John B. Horrigan. September 9, 2016.

Most Americans view public libraries as important parts of their communities, with a majority reporting that libraries have the resources they need and play at least some role in helping them decide what information they can trust. When asked to think about the things that libraries could do in the future, notable numbers of Americans respond in a way that can be boiled down to one phrase: “Yes, please.” Public libraries, many Americans say, should offer programs to teach people digital skills (80% think libraries should definitely do this) and help patrons learn how to use new creative technologies like 3-D printers (50%). At the same time, 57% of Americans say libraries should definitely offer more comfortable places for reading, working and relaxing. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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Libraries and Learning

Libraries and Learning. Pew Research Center. Lee Rainie. April 7, 2016.

Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Kathryn Zickuhr et al. December 11, 2013.
Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.[Note: contains copyrighted material].

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The New Library

The New Library. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Lee Rainie. October 3, 2013.

Lee Rainie presents latest findings about what people do at libraries and what they’d like libraries to become. He describes the services patrons say they want libraries to offer and he describes the big issues that new libraries are resolving. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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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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Libraries, Patrons, and e-books

Libraries, Patrons, and e-books. Pew Internet & American Life Project. Kathryn Ziuckuhr et al. June 22, 2012.

Some 12% of Americans ages 16 and older who read e-books say they have borrowed an e-book from a library in the past year. Most e-book borrowers say libraries are very important to them and their families and they are heavy readers in all formats, including books they bought and books lent to them. E-book borrowers say they read an average (the mean number) of 29 books in the past year, compared with 23 books for readers who do not borrow e-books from a library. Perhaps more striking, the median (midpoint) figures for books reportedly read are 20 in the past year by e-book borrowers and 12 by non-borrowers. But most in the broader public, not just e-book readers, are generally not aware they can borrow e-books from libraries. [Note: contains copyrighted material].

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