You might not, but a majority of millennials like libraries

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You might not, but a majority of millennials like libraries

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Depending on when you’re in it, the Greenlease Library at Rockhurst might be the most crowded building on campus, or it could feel like one of those creepy abandoned malls. Okay, maybe not quite that desolate, but you get the point. It’s like that on just about any college campus.

With that being said, a new Pew Research Center study found that millennials visit public libraries more than any other adult generation in the U.S. Analysis of data from the fall of 2016 by Pew showed that 53 percent of millennials (aged 18 to 35) said they had used a public library or bookworm within the prior 12 months.

Additionally, a high number of millennials access library sources outside of visiting an actual local public library. “Members of the youngest adult generation are also more likely than their elders to have used library websites,” wrote Abigail Geiger on pewresearch.org. “About four-in-ten millennials (41 percent) used a library website in the past 12 months, compared with 24 percent of boomers.”

At a university with the academic standard and history of success like Rockhurst, the library is usually an important place for students to study and get work done. However, there remains to be any sufficient data that either agrees or disagrees with the Pew study. We should enlist someone to do some research. Or not.

In just my own personal opinion, the Rockhurst library sees a fair amount of foot traffic given the smaller size of campus. Obviously its busiest throughout the semester during midterms and exams, but during the week, you’ll definitely see people studying.

As for Friday and Saturday nights at the library? To spice up attendance on the weekend, maybe they should start throwing parties in the wake of Mike’s closing.

In all seriousness, though, the Greenlease Library Twitter account (@LibraryRU) posts some cool pictures of Rockhurst’s past every once in a while.

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