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Survey of Public Library Use of Tablet Computers, Smartphones & eBook Readers


Primary Research Group has published Survey of Public Library Use of Tablet Computers, Smartphones & eBook Readers, ISBN 978-1-57440-237-7.

This 92-page study looks closely at how public libraries are using tablet computers, smartphones and eBook readers. It helps librarians to answer questions such as: How many libraries have tablet computers? How many loan them out to patrons? What is their stock of tablets? What brands do they prefer? How much do they currently spend and plan to spend on tablets, smartphones and eBook readers in the future? How are they using tablets? How have tablets affected reference, information literacy, children's librarianship, administration and other areas? How have tablets impacted their buying plans for desktop and laptop computers? Which apps do they use? Have they developed their own apps?

Just a few of the report's many findings are that:

  • 20% of libraries that serve a population of over 100,000 have reduced their purchases of other computing devices
  • Libraries that serve a population of less than 10,000 plan to spend an average of $468.67 and a maximum of $5,000 in the next year on tablet computers
  • 28.85 percent of the libraries surveyed stated that it was highly likely they would purchase an Apple tablet over the next three years
  • 70% of libraries that serve a population of more than 100,000 have purchased tablets for library staff use

The report is available in print and PDF format for $49.00. Site licenses cost $109.00. For a table of contents, sample excerpt and list of participants, or to place an order, please visit our website at www.PrimaryResearch.com.