One Third of Americans Use Library Computers

According to a study by the Gates Foundation and the U of W Information School, fully 1/3 of Americans use library computers. Other interesting findings:

  • 1/4 of Americans use library computers while traveling
  • People living below the poverty line have the highest rate of use of library computers (44%)
  • The most common use for these computers is education
  • Half of the teens surveyed had used the library in the past year
  • 1/3 of teens surveyed use the library at least once a week
This Associated Press article gives a good summary of the study.
Here is the report from the University of Washington Information School: US Impact Public Library Study.

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