In an earlier post, CMLE referenced the topic of physical and virtual libraries, discussed in an article by Higher Education Network. In continuation of that discussion, Pew Research Center released a study regarding the library habits of young adults (ages 16-29.) This study found that yes, these patrons use electronic resources such as the internet, library website and their own personal mobile devices more that older patrons. However, they also found that they see an increase in the desire for print books and materials compared to patrons 30 or older.
According the Pew (June 2013), “Large majorities of those under age 30 say it is “very important” for libraries to have librarians, as well as books for borrowing, and relatively few think that libraries should automate most library services, move most services online, or move print books out of public areas.”
Click here to read the summary of findings for Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectation.