Public Libraries and Literacy
This paper presents information from our 2009 survey of young people’s reading and writing. For the full report of survey findings see Young People’s Reading and Writing: An in-depth study focusing on enjoyment, behaviour, attitudes and attainment. Download full report
It explores the following areas:
- Young people’s use of their public libraries: numbers of users, and differences according to age or background demographics.
- What factors influence why young people do or do not use their public libraries, again according to age or background demographics.
- The link between public library use and young people’s reading (enjoyment of reading, attitudes towards reading and reading behaviour).
- The link between public library use and young people’s school attainment, using a subsample of young people for whom we have reading attainment data (N = 4,405).