Active library users are more social: study

People who go to libraries are more social than those who don't, according to a new study released by Pew Research Center on Thursday.

Researchers questioned a total of 6,000 Americans, aged 16 and above, and found that those who were actively using libraries were more social than those who do not go to a library.

They also concluded that more than two-thirds of people in the country are actively going to libraries. Around a third (30 per cent) of the population frequently uses libraries, and this fraction of the population tends to be a younger group, equipped with education & technology skills.

The study's results might surprise some of us, but it didn't astonish Marcie Smedley, the assistant branch manager and the head of youth services department at Henderson-based Gibson Library. Commenting on the study, she said, "From my perspective as children's librarian, we get a lot of families in the library who participate in other community activities. People who come to the library tend to be engaged."

The study also claimed that those who go to libraries are also more likely to go to sporting events, as well as more likely to know their neighbors.

In addition to offering books, libraries host programs to promote literacy and ignite love for reading.