Prevalence and reasons for university library usage

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Reports on a study of 522 university students, undertaken to determine how often they used their library and why, as well as to develop a general profile of college student library users. Descriptive statistics revealed that the majority of students used the library at least once a week. Obtaining a book or an article for a course paper was the most common reason cited for library use, followed by studying for a test, and then using the computerized indexes and online facilities. A setwise multiple regression analysis reveals that students who used the libraries most tended to be older, male, those who did not speak English as their native language, who lived the nearest to the academic library, who preferred to study alone, and who had the lowest levels of library anxiety. In addition, these students tended to visit the library to study for a test, to read current newspapers, to read their own textbook, to use computerized indexes and online facilities, or to meet friends. Discusses the implications of these findings and makes recommendations for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)411-420
Number of pages10
JournalLibrary Review
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Library users
  • Multiple regression analysis
  • Students
  • USA
  • University libraries

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences


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