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Libraries at the crossroads : the public is interested in new services and thinks libraries are important to communities

Author: John B Horrigan; Pew Research Center,
Publisher: [Washington, D.C.] : Pew Research Center, September 15, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : English
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American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John B Horrigan; Pew Research Center,
OCLC Number: 921209974
Language Note: Text in English.
Description: 1 online resource : color illustrations
Contents: Who uses libraries and what do they do at their libraries --
Libraries and services for learning, key groups and economic opportunities --
Lower income Americans and communities of color more likely to see libraries and community anchors.
Responsibility: by John Horrigan.

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American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three years, although it is too soon to know whether this is a trend. A new survey from Pew Research Center brings this complex situation into stark relief. Many Americans say they want public libraries to: support local education; serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants; help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills; embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry. Additionally, two-thirds of Americans (65%) ages 16 and older say that closing their local public library would have a major impact on their community. Low-income Americans, Hispanics and African Americans are more likely than others to say that a library closing would impact their lives and communities.

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