A new study from the Pew Research Center shows a side of the generation that might surprise some people: It’s the generation most likely to use public libraries. The survey found that 53 percent of Millennials (ages 18 to 35) had used a public library or traveling bookmobile library center in the past year. That’s compared to just 45 percent of Gen Xers (36 to 51), 43 percent of Baby Boomers (52 to 70) and 36 percent of those in the Silent Generation (71 to 88).
Women, parents and those with college degrees were also more likely to visit libraries, the survey found.
The survey showed 46 percent of adults had used a public library in the past year, which Pew says is an average finding given past surveys. It’s another sign that library use is holding steady in the U.S., despite a perception among some that they are becoming less relevant.