Sign up for online surveys about libraries and technology

We at the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project are in the final phase of a multi-year study of the changing role of public libraries in the digital age, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Our research, available at, is exploring how library patrons’ needs and expectations are changing in the era of e-books, widespread mobile connectivity, and the existence of vast digital collections.

And we want to hear from you!

In addition to our nationally representative phone surveys, we will also be conducting a series of non-scientific, non-representative online surveys and interviews to learn more about library patrons' and e-book users' qualitative experiences. These surveys help us draw out deeper, richer stories about the experiences of library users that can be used to illuminate the findings of our nationally representative surveys. We will be sending out surveys to four groups:
  1. Library patrons*
  2. E-reader or tablet users
  3. Library e-book borrowers*
  4. Librarians*
These surveys will be confidential and we will not share your identity. If you are interested in being a part of our research, please fill out the form below.

Thank you in advance for your time and assistance!

* Note: The focus of this research is on public libraries (as opposed to academic, school, or special libraries). However, for each survey we are eager to find participants from diverse populations, so if any of these groups apply to you, please sign up!
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