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Libraries and Learning

April 07, 2016

Most Americans think that local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families well. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide.

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Libraries and Learning

April 07, 2016

Most Americans think that local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families well. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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