Backgrounder on "Libraries, Patrons, and E-books"
As part of the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy’s work with the Digital Content and Libraries Working Group, several member leaders have requested we develop and distribute communications resources that will support local libraries around digital content issues.
In July OITP released the first of these documents, a backgrounder (pdf) that shares some highlights from the newest Pew Research Center report on“Libraries, Patrons, and E-books,” along with some possible messaging and local angles for leveraging this new research with local media and decision makers.
Among the report’s key findings referenced in the backgrounder:
- 12% of e-book readers have borrowed an e-book from their library
- 62% of people don’t know they can borrow e-books from their library
- 69% of people report the library is important to them and their family
- Many people would like to learn more about borrowing e-books
- E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounter difficulty borrowing
(The paper is also attached below).