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Survey: 13% of Americans ages 16 and older visited library website using mobile device

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Thirteen percent of Americans ages 16 and older have visited library websites or otherwise accessed library services by mobile device, according to a survey released Dec. 31 by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project. The percentage of mobile device usage was more than twice the number reported in a similar 2009 survey conducted by researchers at the University of Washington.

The survey of 2,252 Americans ages 16 and older was conducted between Oct. 15 and Nov. 10, 2012. Overall, the survey found that 39 percent of Americans ages 16 and older have gone to a library website at one time or another and, of them, 64 percent visited a library site in the previous 12 months. That translates into 25 percent of all Americans ages 16 and older who visited a library website in the past year, states the Pew study.

The 25 percent of Americans ages 16 and older who went to a library website in the past 12 months did so with "modest frequency" (15 percent went several times a month, 27 percent  went at least once a month, and 46 percent went less often). When visiting the websites, the survey respondents said they sampled a wide variety of library services (82 percent of them searched the library catalog,72 percent got basic library information, and 62 percent reserved books, CDs and DVDs).

According to the Pew report on the survey, Americans most likely to connect to a library website include parents of minor children, women, those with at least some college education, those under age 50, and people living in households earning $75,000 or more.

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