Americans Still Love Their Libraries

Children use computers at a library in Washington, D.C. David Kidd/Governing

More than two-thirds of Americans like their public libraries and use them often, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center. The Pew analysis suggests that new forms of information technology are enhancing people’s experience of libraries, rather than substituting for them. Even among Americans who don’t use libraries, many maintain positive views of them anyway.

“We’ve touched the vast percentage of our communities and have drawn strong support,” said Jamie LaRue, former director of the Douglas County library system in Colorado and a proponent of having libraries publish e-books. LaRue said he hoped the Pew report would signal to government officials across the country that libraries continue to play a critical role at certain stages in people’s lives. For instance, more than half of library users say libraries are important for helping them find and apply for jobs. Read more…

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