Summary of findings from the latest Pew report on libraries, patrons, e-books:
- 58% of Americans have a library card, and 69% say that their local library is important to them and their family. Library card holders use more technology, and they report that they read more books.
- 12% of readers of e-books borrowed an e-book from the library in the past year. But a majority of Americans do not know that this service is provided by their local library.
- E-book borrowers appreciate the selection of e-books at their local library, but they often encounter wait lists, unavailable titles or incompatible file formats.
- Many Americans would like to learn more about borrowing e-books.
- Library card holders are more than twice as likely to have bought their most recent book than to have borrowed it from a library. Many e-book borrowers purchase e-books, too.
- Leading-edge librarians and patrons say that the advent of e-books has produced a major transformation in book searching and borrowing at libraries.