Thursday, March 25, 2010

Public Access Computers in Libraries: Survey Says... of Americans use them.
Link to March 25 AP article in Buffalo News.

Excerpt: A third of Americans 14 and older - about 77 million people - use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives, according to a new study released Thursday.

It confirms what public libraries have been saying as they compete for public dollars to expand their services and high-speed Internet access: library use by the general public is widespread and not just among poor people.

But researchers found that those living below the federal poverty line - families of four with a household income of $22,000 or less - had the highest use of library computers. Among those households, 44 percent reported using public library computers and Internet access during the past year.

Among those aged 14 to 24 in poor households, 61 percent used public library computers and Internet for education purposes, though young people were the biggest library computers among all demographic groups.

Link to U.S Impact Public Library Study, a research initiative examining the impact of free access to computers and the Internet.

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