Press Releases

Press release: More than two-thirds of Americans are actively engaged with public libraries

March 13, 2014

Washington (March 13, 2014)—The Pew Research Center today released a new report examining the spectrum of Americans’ relationships with public libraries. This elaborate typology of groups based on their library engagement—the first of its kind—sheds light on broader issues around the relationship between technology, libraries, and information resources in the U.S. The findings in this report are […]

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Press release: How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

December 11, 2013

54% of Americans used a public library in the past year; 72% live in a “library household”

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Press release: ‘Digital natives’ are still bound to printed media

June 25, 2013

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

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Press release: 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.

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Press release: Library Services in the Digital Age

January 22, 2013

  Libraries are key technology hubs in their communities Many patrons would like even more tech-centered services such as online reference librarians, apps for accessing material and browsing stacks, gadget “petting zoos” to explore new tools, Redbox-style lending kiosks, and Amazon-style book recommendations But many feel that print books remain important in the digital age […]

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Press release: 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.

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Press release: 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.

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Press release: The rise of e-reading

April 05, 2012

21% of adults have read an e-book in the past year; those who own e-book reading devices read more books and prefer to buy books rather than borrow them

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Press release: New libraries research initiative

October 17, 2011

The Pew Research Center announces a new research initiative to study the changing role of public libraries and library users in the digital age.

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