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Report – Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations. From Pew.

by Joe Murphy Librarian on June 25th, 2013

Young Americans are likely to use the library’s tech and internet, but are also “still closely bound to print.” Noteworthy findings published in a new report from the Pew Research Center Internet and American Life’s Libraries in the Digital Age Project by Kathryn Zickuhr, Lee Rainie and Kristen Purcell.

Here are just some of the many useful details and statistics.

  • 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.
  • eBook reading is up.
  • Americans under thirty are just as likely to visit the library, borrow print books and browse the shelves, as older Americans
  • A large majority of young Americans support the need for information professionals and readily available print books for borrowing,
  • Younger American library visitors are also more likely to access the library’s internet connection, computers, library research resources (databases) and use the library as a space (study, consume media)
  • A majority of all ages report that libraries should have more comfortable (reading, working, and relaxing) spaces.

Other interesting teach related figures:

  • 98% of young adults ages 18-29 use the internet and 80% have broadband at home
  • 97% of young adults ages 18-29 own a cell phone and 65% own a smartphone
  • 34% of young adults ages 18-29 have a tablet computer
  • 28% of young adults ages 18-29 own an e-reader

“The under-30 age group remains anchored in the digital age, but retains a strong relationship with print media and an affinity for libraries.”

Take a look at the full report –

- Joe Murphy, Librarian

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