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Millennials most likely to use public libraries: Pew

In the US, a Pew Research Center report has found that millennials (aged 18-35) are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.

Fifty three percent of millennials surveyed said they had used a library in the past year, compared to 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers and 36% of the Silent Generation.

Despite 46% of all adults over 18 reporting that they’ve used a public library in the past year, the use of public library mobile apps is uncommon across all generations, attracting just eight percent of millennials and nine percent of both Gen Xers and Baby Boomers.

Pew said that the relatively high library use by millennials ‘might be related to changes that many public libraries have undergone in the past 20 years’, including the introduction of computers and internet connection, literacy programs, meeting spaces for community groups and technology such as 3D printers.


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