Millennials Are the Biggest Public Library Visitors

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Millennials Are the Biggest Public Library Visitors

Millennials Are the Biggest Public Library Visitors

 

A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data from fall 2016 finds that 53% of Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 at the time) say they used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. That compares with 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of those in the Silent Generation. (It is worth noting that the question wording specifically focused on use of public libraries, not on-campus academic libraries.)

All told, 46% of adults ages 18 and older say they used a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months – a share that is broadly consistent with Pew Research Center findings in recent years.

Members of the youngest adult generation are also more likely than their elders to have used library websites. About four-in-ten Millennials (41%) used a library website in the past 12 months, compared with 24% of Boomers. In all, 31% of adults used a library website in the past 12 months, which is similar to the percentage that reported using library websites in late 2015. Full Story

Yet popular they are, by a wide margin. That’s the main finding of a new report from Pew Research Center, which reveals that more millennials use their local libraries than other adult generations. Pew’s data, collected in a survey administered during fall 2016, found that 53% of millennials said they’d used a library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months.

That’s higher than the “45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of those in the Silent Generation,” who used a library or bookmobile according to Pew. And when you see them on their smartphones, millennials might not be uploading images to Instagram and Snapchat after all. Pew found that 41% of millennials have used a library’s website in the past 12 months, compared to 24% of baby boomers. Full Story

 

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