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Library User Quiz: Community Version

June 30, 2014

See how your own library habits stack up against the rest of your community—and the U.S. as a whole! Now you can create a group version of our new quiz to collect your own data and learn about how your community engages with libraries.

From Distant Admirers to Library Lovers–and Beyond

March 13, 2014

A new typology of Americans’ public engagement with public libraries, which sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the United States.

E-Reading Rises as Device Ownership Jumps

January 16, 2014

The percentage of adults who read an e-book in the past year has risen to 28%, up from 23% at the end of 2012. At the same time, about seven in ten Americans reported reading a book in print, up four percentage points after a slight dip in 2012, and 14% of adults listened to an audiobook.

How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

December 11, 2013

54% of Americans have used a public library in the past year, and 72% live in a “library household.” Most say libraries are very important to their communities.

Americans’ reading habits over time

June 25, 2013

The population of e-book readers is growing. In the past year, the number of those who read an e-book in the past year increased from 16% of all Americans ages 16 and older in December 2011 to 23% in November 2012. At the same time, the percentage of Americans who read a printed book in the previous 12 months fell from 72% of the population in 2011 to 67% in 2012.

Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

June 25, 2013

Americans ages 16-29 are heavy technology users, including in using computers and internet at libraries. At the same time, most still read and borrow printed books, and value a mix of traditional and technological library services.

Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

May 01, 2013

Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home.

Public Library Resources (Infographic)

January 25, 2013

How likely Americans say they would be to use the following resources at public libraries

Library Services in the Digital Age

January 22, 2013

The internet has already had a major impact on how people find and access information, and now the rising popularity of e-books is helping transform Americans’ reading habits. In this changing landscape, public libraries are trying to adjust their services to these new realities while still serving the needs of patrons who rely on more traditional resources.

Mobile Connections to Libraries

December 31, 2012

13% of those ages 16 and older have accessed library websites via mobile devices.

E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines

December 27, 2012

23% of Americans ages 16 and older read an e-book in the past year, up from 16% the year before. The share who read a print book declined to 67%, from 72%.

Reading Habits in Different Communities

December 20, 2012

Residents of urban, suburban, and rural areas vary in their purposes for reading, their use of digital content, their engagement with public libraries, and where they turn for book recommendations

Younger Americans’ Reading and Library Habits

October 23, 2012

More than eight in ten Americans ages 16-29 read a book in the past year, and six in ten used their local public library. Many say they are reading more in the era of digital content, especially on their mobile phones and on computers.

Libraries, patrons, and e-books

June 22, 2012

12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from a library. Those who use libraries are pretty heavy readers, but most are not aware they can borrow e-books.

The rise of e-reading

April 04, 2012

21% of Americans have read an e-book. The increasing availability of e-content is prompting some to read more than in the past and to prefer buying books to borrowing them.

A Snapshot of E-Reader and Tablet Owners (Infographic)

January 27, 2012

A look at the demographic differences among owners of tablets and e-book reader devices.

Tablet and E-book reader Ownership Nearly Double Over the Holiday Gift-Giving Period

January 23, 2012

The share of adults in the United States who own tablet computers nearly doubled from 10% to 19% between mid-December and early January and the same surge in growth also applied to e-book readers.

Libraries and Learning Communities (Video & Slides)

October 18, 2011

Director Lee Rainie gave a keynote address at the Internet Librarian conference that examined the potential role librarians can play in “learning communities” – both physical and virtual.

Information Searches That Solve Problems

December 30, 2007

This report emerges from a national survey that looks at how people use a variety of information sources to help them address some common problems that could be related in some way to government agencies and programs.