According to a recently published study by the Pew Research Center, it seems the immediate demise of public libraries might be greatly exaggerated. The study was conducted over a three year period and polled 6,224 Americans ages 16-24. It found that more than two-thirds of Americans “actively engage” with public libraries. The authors of the report noted that access to information is the driving force behind engagement in our public libraries. Though we tend to associate public libraries with books, the study found that individuals who engaged with their local libraries were more tech savvy. This same group was also more active in their communities.
What do you think about the findings of the study, especially in light of the ongoing discourse about the redesign of the 4th floor?