You may have preconceived notions that if you visit a public library that there will be only senior citizens with nothing better to do, but alas it is actually millennials who are visiting public libraries more than any other age group. Thanks to modern libraries which offer free or inexpensive services such as DVD checkouts, high-speed internet, and 3D printers, millennials are flocking to public libraries.
The new report from the Pew Research Center found that 53% of millennials ages 18 to 35 said they have used a public library or bookmobile within the last year. The survey specifically asked about public library usage, in hopes of filtering out results from university libraries. Data from fall of 2016 discovered that only 45% of Generation Xers (ages 36-51), 43% of baby boomers (52-70) and 36% of the silent generation (71-88) said they had visited a public library during the same time.
The study found that women are 54% more likely to visit a library and use a library website compared to just 39% of men. College graduates are 56% more likely to visit libraries compared to 40% of high school graduates.
“These kids are familiar with the fact that the library offers them the bandwidth and wireless access they might not get anywhere else,” Julie Todaro, president of the American Library Association, told CNN. “Teens see libraries different than their parents or caregivers used to see them,” she said.