How has the internet affected libraries?

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The internet turned 25 this week, and it’s hard to find an aspect of our lives that hasn’t been changed by the World Wide Web. 22News visited one of the pillars of every community, the public library, to find out how it’s remained relevant.

You’ve likely driven or walked by your local library hundreds of times. From the outside, it might look the same as it has for decades. Inside, you’ll find there’s something new for everyone and we don’t mean the new books.

In a recent Pew Research poll 90% of Americans said if their local library closed, it would have an impact on their community. Our world may be becoming more digital by the day, but public libraries are adapting to keep up.

Janet Stupak of the Springfield City Library System told 22News, “It’s a free resource, open to everyone. They use our computers for research, job searches, resume help. We have computer classes we offer. They’re always filled.”

Since Springfield libraries extended their hours last year, internet use has gone up 93%. Visitors may not be coming in just to check out books anymore, but there are many other services still drawing them.

“There’s so much to do here for families. I come with my granddaughter on Thursdays to the toddler group they have. She’s been doing it for a few months and loves it. They sing. I don’t know what I’d do if I didn’t have my library,” said Stupak.

To learn more about what’s offered at the Springfield Library, including “Baby” days, and the “Let’s Get to Work” job fair event, Click Here.

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