Kathryn Zickuhr is a research analyst at the Pew Research Center's Internet Project. She studies the social impact of technology, focusing on the changing role of public libraries in Americans’ lives and communities in the era of digital content.
Younger Americans and Public Libraries
How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities
Public library engagement in the United States
An overview of three years of research into Americans’ relationships with public libraries in the digital age.
Public library engagement in urban, suburban, and rural communities
What does library engagement look like in different community types?
Public libraries and technology: From “houses of knowledge” to “houses of access”
Some 77% of Americans now think it is “very important” for public libraries to provide free access to computers and the internet to the community. (For comparison, 80% of Americans say the same thing about books.)
How does your community’s library engagement compare with the rest of the country?
Compare the library engagement of your library or group with the rest of the country using our new “community quiz” tool.
New data on how Americans use and engage with public libraries
Findings about Americans’ engagement with public libraries
“Stack attack”? The NYPL controversy and the future of public libraries
The New York Public Library recently announced that it is rethinking its controversial plans to turn parts of its 42nd Street location into a public lending library. Public libraries across the country are grappling with similar issues of how central their collections of books should be as they strive to add digital services, expand learning resources, and serve as all-purpose community spaces.
Older adults and technology
The Pew Research Center’s latest data on older adults and technology
Libraries & the Big Picture: Facts, Trends, & Next!
The Pew Research Center’s next report on public libraries in the digital age is being released in March—an in-depth analysis of library users’ and non-users’ habits and attitudes. Research Associate Kathryn Zickuhr explains the findings and their implications for libraries as they plan for the future.
A new way of looking at public library engagement in America
Highlights from our new report exploring the spectrum of Americans’ engagement with public libraries.