With a major shift in the way people digest information these days, it begs the question: what is the future of public libraries?
E-books are becoming increasingly popular for personal reading and continue to develop to become more user friendly. Also, the library of books available in electronic versions is also increasing, which makes the future of public libraries questionable. This infographic attempts to shed some light on what might happen next.
Surprisingly, 69% of Americans currently use libraries. And to address the growing shift toward e-books, 67% of libraries now offer electronic versions of books in their collections. However, just what percentage of those collections available as e-books is not clear.
Most libraries these days also offer public computers to feed the demand and 70% of libraries say there's been an increase in use.