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%.
- 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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