Study Says, Libraries are More Popular than Ever Even as People Borrow Fewer Books

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Who’s says no one reads paper books anymore? A new study finds your local public library may be the hottest place to be in town.

Researchers from data and analytics group WordsRated looked at nearly 17,500 libraries over the last three decades and found that these institutions aren’t dying in the digital age — they may actually be thriving. Although visits to U.S. libraries have dropped by 21 percent since 2009, there are actually more people borrowing books than ever before.

Specifically, over 174 million people in the country are registered at a local library. That’s nearly 54 percent of the population.

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SOURCE: Study Finds, Chris Melore