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Millennials in libraries

Millennials Use Public Libraries the Most, Says Science

Despite the belief that millennials aren’t reading, aren’t using public libraries, aren’t doing whatever it is that older generations would prefer them to do, according to a 2016 study from the Pew Research Center, millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other generation. 

 

The study found that 53% of Millennials (which the study defined as between the ages of eighteen and thirty-five) have said they used a library or bookmobile in the year prior, while only 45% of Gen Xers, 43% of Baby Boomers, and 36% of the Silent Generation could say the same.

 

The study does not account for on-campus academic libraries at high schools, colleges, or universities.

 

The study also looked at use of library websites, with 41% of millennials utilizing the online resources, compared to 24% of Baby Boomers. The average for adults over 18 was slightly higher, coming in at 31%.

 

The study also looked at demographic differences other than age. 

 

  • Women are more likely than men to say they have visited a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months (54% vs 39%), and are more likely to use library websites (37% vs 24%).
  • College graduates are more likely to use libraries or bookmobiles in the previous 12 months than those without a college degree (56% vs 40%), with similar numbers for website use.
  • Parents of children under 18 are more likely to use a library in the previous 12 months than adults without children (54% vs 43%). 

 

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