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Younger People and Public Libraries


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I have 32 posts tagged “Library”

I just wrote one the other day called, Do Physical Libraries Still Matter?

Apparently they do still matter to Millennials (those 16-29) in the United States.

I can’t help but think Global Millennials in affluent countries find libraries useful too…

The Pew Research Internet Project recently released a new study, Younger Americans and Public Libraries.

Here’s an interesting note from the explanation of the survey:

“There are actually three different ‘generations’ of younger Americans with distinct book reading habits, library usage patterns, and attitudes about libraries. One “generation” is comprised of high schoolers (ages 16-17); another is college-aged (18-24), though many do not attend college; and a third generation is 25-29.”

Other key points derived from the survey:

Millennials’ lives are full of technology, but they are more likely than their elders to say that important information is not available on the internet.

Millennials are quite similar to their elders when it comes to the amount of book reading they do, but young adults are more likely to have read a book in the past 12 months.

The community and general media-use activities of younger adults are different from older adults.

As a group, Millennials are as likely as older adults to have used a library in the past 12 months, and more likely to have used a library website.

As with the general population, most younger Americans know where their local library is, but many say they are unfamiliar with all the services it may offer.

And, a final general finding from the survey:

“Younger Americans are significantly more likely than older adults to have used a library in the past year, including using a library website.”

What I’m wondering is if these same results about library usage would have been obtained 10, 20, or even 50 years ago…
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2 responses to “Younger People and Public Libraries

  1. Salvatore Pope Ritondo September 17, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    All librarians need to read this post and the research from PEW that you have attached.
    The community center aspect seems to be the most thriving section of my public library with everyone attending events, using computers and focusing on the job center. The printed material and DVD’s are always something you add before you head home. I believe that the under 30’s have all found a way to include libraries in their highly techy world.


  2. Alexander M Zoltai September 17, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    And, if anyone would know the value of a library, it’s you Sal :-)


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