Internet & Tech Sep. 15, 2015

Libraries at the Crossroads

Americans believe libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years.

Hispanic Mar. 17, 2015

Public Libraries and Hispanics

Hispanic immigrants are less likely than U.S.-born Hispanics, whites and blacks to use public libraries. But Hispanic immigrants who have made their way to public libraries stand out as the most appreciative of what libraries have to offer.

Internet & Tech Sep. 10, 2014

How Young Americans Engage With Libraries

Millennials are more likely than older adults to have used a library website in the past year and just as likely to have read a book, but they are among the least likely to say that libraries are important: just 19% say their library’s closing would have a major impact on them.

Fact Tank Jul. 8, 2014

Public libraries and the quiz-takers who love them

The Pew Research Center recently released a library user quiz sorting Americans into different typologies based on how they use and view libraries. Here are the results.

Fact Tank Jun. 30, 2014

7 surprises about libraries in our surveys

As librarians around the country gather in Las Vegas for the American Library Association’s annual conference, here are findings that stand out from our research.

Internet & Tech Jun. 9, 2014

What Kind of Library User Are You?

Are you a “Library Lover”? An “Information Omnivore”? Or are you totally “Off the Grid”? Take our library engagement quiz to learn how your library habits and attitudes stack up against the general population.

Internet & Tech Mar. 13, 2014

Two-Thirds of Americans Actively Engage with Libraries

Three-in-ten Americans are highly engaged with public libraries, and an additional 39% fall into medium engagement categories. Just 14% do not frequent libraries for personal use.

Fact Tank Jan. 24, 2014

10 facts about Americans and public libraries

Technology and the internet are changing Americans’ reading habits and also their relationship with libraries. But what hasn’t changed is Americans’ love for books.

Internet & Tech Dec. 11, 2013

Americans Strongly Value Libraries in Their Communities

Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, and most of them say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.

Internet & Tech Jun. 25, 2013

’Digital Natives’ Still Bound to Print

Even in an age of increasing digital resources, younger Americans are more likely than older Americans to use and appreciate libraries as physical spaces – places to study for class, go online, or just hang out.