What Are Your Library Habits and Expectations?

The Pew Research Center recently released findings about younger Americans’ (age 16-29) library habits and expectations.

Here are some interesting highlights:

  • 80% of Americans under age 30 say it is “very important” for libraries to have librarians to help people find information they need
  • 76% say it is “very important” for libraries to offer research resources such as free databases
  • 75% say free access to computers and the internet is “very important” for libraries to have
  • 75% say it is “very important” for libraries to offer books for people to borrow
  • 72% say quiet study spaces are “very important”
  • Some 82% of Americans ages 16-29 read at least one book in any format in the previous 12 months. Over the past year, these younger readers consumed a mean (average) of 13 books—a median (midpoint) of 6 books.
    • 75% of Americans ages 16-29 read at least one book in print in the past year
    • 25% read at least one e-book
    • 14% listened to at least one audiobook

For the full summary, see: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/06/25/younger-americans-library-services/

How do your habits and expectations sync up with other younger Americans?  Let us know!

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