A recently released study determined that 77 million people 14 years and older used the internet at their public library during 2009.
Not surprisingly they used it for everything from job searching, education and health research, e-government, to social networking. Somewhat surprisingly, 78% of those public library internet users had access elsewhere but used the library computers for the one-on-one help from a library staff member or from a volunteer, and many users in turn helped someone else, often a stranger.
KPL participated in this study along with many public libraries across the country. The outcome doesn’t surprise us – we know many of our patrons have access elsewhere but appreciate the high speed connection, the help from our staff, our wifi, and a comfortable environment AND we know many do not have access elsewhere.
Internet access will continue to be a high priority for us. One of our five priorities is “connecting to the online world.”
Come visit soon – use the internet, check out a book or AV item, attend a program.