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Mar 25, 2010 9:05 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Study: Third of Americans use library computers

A new study shows computers at public libraries are busy, popular places.

The study shows a third of Americans - about 77 million people - use public library computers to look for jobs, connect with friends, do their homework and improve their lives.

The study was paid for by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and conducted by the University of Washington Information School.

It confirms what public libraries have been saying as they compete for public dollars -- that their use by the general public is widespread and not just among poor people.

But researchers found that those living below the federal poverty line - families of four with a household income of $22,000 or less - had the highest use of library computers. Young people were the biggest library computers among all demographic groups.

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