A new post on Digital Book World by Beth Bacon shows that according to new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, parents see libraries as very important community resources. Libraries’ digital books and technologies are a major draw for families.
Parents value libraries for their full spectrum services “from traditional stuff like books in stacks and comfortable reading spaces to high-tech kiosks and more e-books and mobile apps,” says Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet Project. Libraries’ digital offerings are key resources for parents and children.
Parents in households earning less than $50,000 are “very likely” to take advantage of digital tools in the library. Among these households:
- 44% are very likely to take classes on how to download library e-books
- 40% are very likely to borrow e-readers already loaded with library content
- 40% are very likely to use the digital media lab
- 34% are very likely to take classes on how to use e-readers
Even families that own technology extensively use libraries
The survey also shows that low-income parents are not the only ones who value the digital resources offered in public libraries. All parents, even those who own and use their own digital devices extensively, make use of libraries more than other people.