Released: August 11, 2013

Washington’s MLK Library opens a digital bridge

“Libraries are really transforming themselves into technology hubs,” said Kathryn Zickuhr, a researcher focusing on how Americans use libraries at the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Pew’s research shows that while many patrons still want to use libraries to borrow books, they also increasingly think of them as a community space that provides access to technology, Zickuhr said. Eighty percent of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide, while 77 percent say free access to computers and the Internet is a “very important,” according to a recent Pew report.

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