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COVID-19 NEWS: 'New Research on Public Library Usage During Pandemic'
Innovative released a report, “Centuries of Resilience: Public Libraries Still Crucial During COVID-19” (registration required), which showcases “new research on how people in the U.S. [have been] using their public libraries” throughout 2019 and 2020. The data comes from a September survey of 1,000-plus U.S. adults. The report discusses “how usage changed after most libraries closed their doors in March of this year and have since been slowly reopening,” and it “reveals that while public libraries are still an extraordinarily trusted institution, the pandemic has presented immense challenges to staying connected with communities.”
Key findings include the following:
- [W]hile use of electronic resources is high, overall use of the library is down compared to 2019 and early 2020.
- The investments libraries made in their website and mobile apps since 2016 have paid dividends, especially since the onset of the pandemic. Overall online use of the library has gone from 39% in 2016 to 55% in 2020.
- While use of e-resources has gone up significantly during the pandemic, borrowing printed books is still the #1 library activity.
For more information, read the press release.
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