Citizens Still Love Libraries

Thursday, April 24, 2014

According to a report from Pew Research that describes nine groups of Americans to reflect patterns of engagement with public libraries, public library users and proponents are not a niche group – 30% of Americans aged 16 and older are highly engaged with public libraries, and an additional 39% fall into medium engagement categories. This engagement is part of the broader information and social landscape; people with extensive economic, social, technological, and cultural resources are more likely to use and value libraries as part of those networks. And life-stage and special circumstances – having a child, seeking a job, being a student – are linked to increased library use and higher engagement with information.