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New report maps young Americans’ library, technology use

Younger Americans depend on libraries not just for books, but for technology access, too.

Nearly all young Americans under age 30 are online, and as library patrons, are more likely than older generations to use library technology such as computers and internet connections, according to “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations,” a new report from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.

Along the same lines, young Americans’ library use combines traditional and technological services. While those under age 30 are just as likely as older adults to visit a library and borrow paper books, they are much more likely than older adults to use library technology, including computers, internet, and research resources such as databases.

Americans ages 16-29 are significantly more likely to have used library technology or to have remotely accessed library websites and services.

(Next page: How many young Americans depend on library technology?)

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