Pew: No, the Internet Has Certainly Not Rendered Libraries Obsolete

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My hometown library . . .

Americans still see the consider libraries as important to them and their communities.

Libraries loom large in the public imagination, and are generally viewed very positively: 90% of Americans ages 16 and older say that the closing of their local public library would have an impact on their community.

The internet passed the quarter-century mark this year, but books go back thousands of years. Not to say the two aren’t compatible, but it is to say that libraries–repositories of knowledge, culture, history and imagination–make both available.

A search engine can bring you 100,000 answers, but a librarian can help you find the right one.

Later,

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