The decline in book borrowing from Britain's public libraries: a small-scale Scottish study

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Abstract

Investigates the reasons for the decline in book borrowing in UK public libraries. The reasons why adults were not borrowing as many books from public libraries as the past were many faceted, including intrinsic and extrinsic reasons. Some of these reasons include an increased level of buying books as opposed to borrowing, lack of time to visit the library, the opening hours of the library, stock selection, and restrictive borrowing periods and fines. Results are of value to public librarians and policy makers in understanding why adults are not borrowing books from libraries in the levels of the past. The paper builds on other work in the field to offer an insight into a specific challenge facing public libraries in the 21st century
LanguageEnglish
Pages414-428
Number of pages14
JournalLibrary Review
Volume55
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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  • books
  • public libraries
  • United Kingdom
  • book borrowing
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In: Library Review, Vol. 55, No. 7, 2006, p. 414-428.

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