Friday, September 26, 2008

Two-Thirds of Americans Have a Library Card

Here's a new survey from Family Health showing the value of the library, as if you didn't know. Almost all Americans (92%) say they view their local library as an important education resource.

Three Quarters of those with a library card have used library in past year

( - ROCHESTER, N.Y. - September 22, 2008 - September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and two thirds (68%) of Americans currently own a library card. According to the results of a new nationwide Harris Poll of 2,710 U.S. adults surveyed online between August 11 and 17, 2008 by Harris Interactive®:

· Certain groups are more likely to have a library card then others - Echo Boomers (those between 18-31) are more likely to have one over other age categories (70% versus 68-65%); women over men (73% versus 62%); Hispanics over African Americans and Whites (72% versus 67% and 66%); Midwesterners (72%) and Westerners (71%) over Easterners (65%) and Southerners (63%);

· Politically there is also a difference as Democrats are more likely to have a library card over Republicans and Independents (71% versus 67% and 61%); and,

· Over one-third (35%) of people with a library card have used the library 1 to 5 times in the past year and 15 percent have used it more than 25 times in the past year.

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