As we celebrate National Library Week, “Library Services in the Digital Age,” a study published by the Pew Internet & American Life Project in January 2013, is a good reminder of the continued important role libraries have in promoting life-long learning skills and providing researchers access to a variety of quality resources. Here’s how those surveyed in the Pew study responded when asked what services are important to them and why they visit a library:
- 80% of Americans say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide.
- 80% say reference librarians are a “very important” service of libraries.
- 77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.
- 49% say they visit to sit, read, and study, or watch or listen to media.
- 46% say they visit to use a research database.
- 54% say they visit to research topics that interest them.
- 50% say they visit to get help from a librarian.
- Having more comfortable spaces for reading, working, and relaxing: 59% of Americans ages 16 and older say libraries should “definitely do” this.
- Offering a broader selection of e-books: 53% of Americans ages 16 and older say libraries should “definitely do” this.
To read the full results and analysis, go to “Library Services in the Digital Age.”
Let us know what your favorite services are at the MSJ Library, as well as what educational services you’d like us to expand upon.