A new study from the Pew Research Center shows that Millenials (ages 18-35) are the most likely generation to use public libraries or book mobiles. The study specifically excluded the use of on-campus academic libraries. The data showed that 53% of Millennials used a library or bookmobile in the last 12 months, compared to 45% of Gen Xers (36-51), 43% of Baby Boomers (52-70), and 36% of those in the Silent Generation (71-88).
Similarly, 41% of Millenials say they used a public library website in the previous year, compared to 33% of Gen Xers, 24% of Baby Boomers, and 11% of the Silent Generation.
One of the possible reasons for Millenials using the library more is the fact that libraries have evolved through the digital age and offer more services than just borrowing books. Another Pew Research Center study revealed that 80% of Americans ages 16 and older say borrowing books is a “very important” service libraries provide, and 77% say free access to computers and the internet is a “very important” service of libraries.