A recent study at a large, public, research-extensive university “suggest(s) that first-year students who used a library resource at least once were significantly more likely than their peers who did not use the library to report development of critical thinking and analytical skills, written communication skills, and reading comprehension skills”.
Soria, K. M., Peterson, K., Fransen, J., Nackerud, S., & Association of Research Libraries (2017). Impact of academic library resources on first-year students’ learning outcomes. Washington, D.C.: Association of Research Libraries. http://publications.arl.org/rli290/5