PublicationsMay 1, 2013

Parents, Children, Libraries, and Reading

Parents of minor children have a special relationship with libraries. Most believe libraries are very important for their children and provide extra resources that are not available at home.

UncategorizedApril 24, 2013

The changing world of librarians

Lee Rainie discussed the Project’s latest research about how people use technology and how people use libraries, and the implications of this work for libraries.

UncategorizedApril 9, 2013

The 10 Most Important Insights from Pew Internet’s Library Research

Director Lee Rainie spoke at the Computer in Libraries 2013 Conference on Tuesday’s event, during its “Innovative & Awesome Tech” session.

LibrariesMarch 18, 2013

“What should I read next?”

It’s a question that librarians, booksellers, and others have heard often, perhaps even more so at a time when the output and availability of the written word has never been higher. And it’s a question that new book-recommendation sites such as Bookish and BookScout are trying to answer, joining a plethora of communities and services already trying to navigate the tricky task of helping you decide which book to pick up next.

UncategorizedFebruary 13, 2013

How Libraries can meet the Evolving Needs of Patrons in the Digital Age (webinar)

A webinar presenting research from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, providing insight on what types of services Americans value in their library and what types of services they would like to see their library start to of…

LibrariesFebruary 6, 2013

Should libraries shush?

If there’s one thing our research shows, it’s that there’s no one thing people want their libraries to be. They want their libraries to be lots of things, a place where they can study and meet with friends and attend meetings — and more. Should libraries be quiet or bustling — or both?

LibrariesJanuary 29, 2013

Innovative library services “in the wild”

Our new report takes a close look not only at how Americans are using public libraries, but also what sort of services and programming they think libraries should offer — and what they say they would use in the future. For this last point, we asked about a range of potential offerings. Here are illustrations of some of these more innovative services, to see what they look like on the ground — as well as some “fun and funky” services that we’ve seen pop up at libraries across the county.

UncategorizedJanuary 26, 2013

Pew Internet Research Update at ALA Midwinter Meeting 2013

Join Lee Rainie to hear firsthand new findings about library services: what the public wants (and does not want) at libraries, as well as details from library focus groups on how libraries are coping with the new mix of services.

LibrariesJanuary 25, 2013

Other library links and news around the web

While we hope you’ve had a chance to read our new report on library services that just came out this week, there are some other great links out there that you should be sure to check out.

PublicationsJanuary 25, 2013

Public Library Resources (Infographic)

How likely Americans say they would be to use the following resources at public libraries