Public library engagement in urban, suburban, and rural communities

July 11, 2014

What does library engagement look like in different community types?

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Public library engagement in urban, suburban, and rural communities

July 11, 2014

What does library engagement look like in different community types?

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Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access”

July 09, 2014

Some 77% of Americans now think it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the internet to the community. (For comparison, 80% of Americans say the same thing about books.)

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Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them

July 08, 2014

How do our “library user type” quiz-takers compare with the the general population? The answer may (not) surprise you.

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7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

June 30, 2014

Our studies about how public libraries fit in the lives of their communities have uncovered some surprising facts about what Americans think of libraries and the way they use them.

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How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country?

June 30, 2014

Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.

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“Stack attack”? The NYPL controversy and the future of public libraries

May 13, 2014

The New York Public Library recently announced that it is rethinking its controversial plans to turn parts of its 42nd Street location into a public lending library. Public libraries across the country are grappling with similar issues of how central their collections of books should be as they strive to add digital services, expand learning resources, and serve as all-purpose community spaces.

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A new way of looking at public library engagement in America

March 18, 2014

Highlights from our new report exploring the spectrum of Americans’ engagement with public libraries.

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10 facts about Americans and public libraries

January 24, 2014

American adults still read about as much as ever and overwhelmingly say libraries play an important role in their communities. In advance of the American Library Association’s Midwinter Convention (#alamw14) in Philadelphia, here are some key facts and trends we have chronicled in our research on America’s public libraries.

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New reading data from the NEA’s Survey of Public Participation in the Arts

October 02, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) recently released the findings of its latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, conducted in July 2012. It found 58% of all American adults ages 18 and older had engaged in “voluntary reading” within the past year.

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Who has home broadband? New data and resources

August 28, 2013

Some 70% of American adults ages 18 and older have broadband at home as of May 2013. Another 3% of adults go online at home via dial-up, and one in ten adults (10%) lacks home broadband but does own a smartphone.

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