“Internet use seems to create an information hunger and it is information-savvy young people who are most likely to visit libraries,” [Leigh Estabrook, a professor emerita at the University of Illinois and co-author of a report on the survey results] said.
Internet users were more than twice as likely to patronize libraries as non-Internet users, according to the survey.
More than two-thirds of library visitors in all age groups said they used computers while at the library.
Sixty-five percent of them looked up information on the Internet while 62 percent used computers to check into the library’s resources.
The survey showed 62 percent of Generation Y respondents said they visited a public library in the past year, with a steady decline in usage according to age. Some 57 percent of adults aged 43 to 52 said they visited a library in 2007, followed by 46 percent of adults aged 53 to 61; 42 percent of adults aged 62 to 71; and just 32 percent of adults over 72.
Note: this is a telephone based survey and so would likely undercount cell using Gen Ys.