There have been many discussions in recent years about whether or not libraries are still necessary to our culture. With the rise of tech culture and the Internet where, at a glance, the information of the world is at everyone’s fingertips, who even needs a building dedicated to knowledge and learning in their town? A new poll says the answer is: almost everyone. From Smithsonian Magazine:
The debate over whether public libraries are on their way to becoming obsolete has heated up in recent years. Can these institutions survive, some have wondered, when such a wealth of information is easily accessible online? But in the United States, at least, libraries remain very much in use. Per a new Gallup poll, visiting the library was “by far” the most common cultural activity among Americans in 2019.
Based on telephone interviews conducted in December of last year, the poll includes a sample of 1,025 adults across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Gallup asked participants how many times they had engaged in nine different leisure activities over the past year. Going to the library was the clear winner, averaging 10.5 trips. Seeing a movie at the theater was the second-most common activity, with an average of 5.3 visits, followed by attending a live sporting event, with 4.7 visits. At the bottom of the list was going to the zoo, which averaged just 0.9 visits.
The full piece is here.