Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Reading and Libraries Still Popular with Youth

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Reading and Libraries Still Popular with Youth

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Americans under age 30 are more likely than older Americans to use library computers and Internet connections, and like to hang out at libraries even if they aren't reading.

They are also more likely than older Americans to have read a book in print in the past year (75% vs. 64%), says a new study by The Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

Younger Americans' library use reflects a blend of traditional and technological services. Large majorities of those under age 30 say it's "very important" for libraries to have librarians as well as books for borrowing, and relatively few think that libraries should automate most library services, move most services online, or move print books out of public areas.

Americans under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to have visited a library in the past year (67% vs. 62%), but they're significantly more likely to have used technology at libraries or accessed library web sites and services remotely:

* Some 38% of Americans age 16-29 have used computers and the Internet at libraries in the past year, compared with 22% of those age 30 and older. …

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