Posted by: bluesyemre | January 22, 2013

Libraries’ Love Affair With Print Is Far From Over


  • While residents of Bexar County, Texas, may be embracing a proposal for the nation’s first local library free of printed books, not all Americans are crazy about the notion, a survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center indicates. The survey reveals just how important libraries are to their communities, and ranks the popularity of the services they offer. According to Pew, six in 10 Americans above the age of 15 either visited a library or bookmobile, or accessed a library website, in the past year. Uses varied: Most (around 73%) visited a library to borrow print books, and nearly as many (66%) used the Internet. More than half stopped by to do research or solicit the help of a reference librarian. Others simply passed the time reading and or studying (49%), checked out DVDs (40%) or CDs (16%), or met with a group (23%).

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