Publications

Libraries at the Crossroads

September 15, 2015

Two-thirds of Americans say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community. Low-income Americans, Hispanics and blacks are more likely than others to say that this would affect their lives and communities.

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Libraries at the Crossroads

September 15, 2015

Two-thirds of Americans say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community. Low-income Americans, Hispanics and blacks are more likely than others to say that this would affect their lives and communities.

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Report

Younger Americans’ Relationships with Public Libraries

September 10, 2014

How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities

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Multimedia

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.

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Report

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.

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Report

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.

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Report

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.

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Multimedia

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.

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Report

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.

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Report

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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Multimedia

Public Library Resources (Infographic)

January 25, 2013

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

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