Private libraries have been popular in the U.S. for years, but with a recent rise in interest from travelers, the topic has made its way to Europe.
A new study conducted by research firm PricewaterhouseCoopers finds that Americans prefer private libraries to public ones.
According to the survey, published in the British Journal of Tourism Management, a whopping 68% of Americans prefer a private library to a public library, and 37% prefer a library with fewer books and less staff than a public one.
The study also found that Americans tend to use public libraries more frequently than they do private ones.
Only 4% of respondents said they have visited a private or public library in the last year, compared to 18% of those who had visited a public facility.
And only 14% said they had used a library computer in the past month, compared with 17% of people who used a public computer.
In other words, Americans are using private libraries more often than they are using public ones, the survey found.