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Millennials in America are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult generation.

A new analysis of Pew Research Center survey data finds that 53 percent of millennials (ages 18 to 35) say they used a public library or bookmobile in the previous 12 months. The study does not include on-campus academic libraries.

The finding compares with 45 percent of Gen Xers (36–51), 43 percent of baby boomers (52–70) and 36 percent of those in the silent generation (71–88).

Relatively high library use by millennials might be related to changes that many public libraries have undergone in the past 20 years. Previous Pew Research Center surveys have documented how extensively people use computers and internet connections at libraries, as well as how interested they are in extra services such as literacy programs for young children, meeting spaces for community groups, and technology “petting zoos” that provide opportunities to explore 3-D printers and other tech gadgetry.

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