Released: December 11, 2013

Do libraries matter? 94 percent of Americans say libraries make life better

A plurality of Americans may not regularly use their local library – but they strongly value the role of the public library nonetheless.

That’s according to a new report by Pew Research Center that surveyed Americans on their use of and attitudes toward the public library.

During the past year some 54 percent of respondents used a public library – down from 59 percent in 2012. But the majority of respondents – 94 percent – said having a public library improves the quality of life in a community. And 90 percent said that if their local public library closed, it would have an impact on their community, with 63 percent saying it would have a “major” impact.

Read the story at http://www.csmonitor.com/Books/chapter-and-verse/2013/1211/Do-libraries-matter-94-percent-of-Americans-say-libraries-make-life-better