About a quarter of American adults say they haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year.
Many Americans say they'd benefit from help in finding trustworthy information online, and about eight-in-ten adults say public libraries can help.
About half of U.S. Millennials have visited a public library or bookmobile in the past year.
Trends in visiting public libraries have steadied, and many Americans have high expectations for what their local libraries should offer
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.
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 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.
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.
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.