September 15, 2015

Libraries at the Crossroads

About This Report

About This Survey

The results reported here come from a nationally representative telephone survey of 2,004 Americans ages 16 and older, conducted from March 17-April 12, 2015 by the Pew Research Center. The survey was conducted on landline phones (n=704) and cellphones (n=1,300) in English and Spanish. The margin of error for the full sample is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. Some of the questions were asked only of some of the respondents and the margin of error on those smaller groups are higher. Pew Research Center is a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder. This report was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support for the project from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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John Horrigan, Senior Researcher
Lee Rainie, Director, Internet, Science, and Technology Research
Andrew Perrin, Research Assistant
Maeve Duggan, Research Associate
Aaron Smith, Associate Director, Research
Shannon Greenwood, Assistant Digital Producer
Margaret Porteus, Information Graphics Designer
Dana Page, Senior Communications Manager