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New Pew Survey Report Highlights What Public Wants from Their Libraries

2015 September 16

laptop used in library imagePlanning your programming and new services for your public library with a sharp eye on the needs and concerns of your local community?  Take a look at the latest Pew Research Center survey report, Libraries at the Crossroads, which highlights what people say they want to see from their library.

In particular, the latest report notes that many Americans want libraries to reach out and engage more with their community, to:

  • support local education
  • serve special constituents such as veterans, active-duty military personnel and immigrants
  • help local businesses, job seekers and those upgrading their work skills

Americans also want libraries to embrace new technologies such as 3-D printers and provide services to help patrons learn about high-tech gadgetry.  The majority of those surveyed also noted that closing a library would have a major impact on their community.

You can read a great summary of the survey findings on the Pew Research Center site, and also access the complete report from the site.  Take a look!


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