Apart from teaching me that being in my mid-50s I am a "leading boomer", Information searches that solve problems - How people use the internet, libraries, and government agencies when they need help [187 kB PDF], published by the Pew Internet and American Life Project on 30/12/2007, counters the view that Internet access is driving out library use - in the US at least:
"Libraries meet special needs. Young adults in Generation Y (age 18-29) are the heaviest users of libraries when face (sic) these problems. They are also the most likely library visitors for any purpose. Most of those who visit libraries to seek problem solving information are very satisfied with what they find and they appreciate the resources available there, especially access to computers and the internet."
"Who uses libraries, not just for problem solving, but for all purposes? Major finding: 53% of American adults report going to a local public library in the past 12 months. The profile of library users shows an economically upscale, information hungry clientele who use the library to enhance their already-rich information world. Gen Y again leads the pack again. Public library patrons are generally younger adults, those with higher income and education levels, and those who are internet users. Parents with minor children living at home are very likely to be patrons. There are no significant differences in library usage by race and ethnicity."
Meanwhile, the Independent reports on library closures in England.