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ERIC Number: ED335047
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jun
Pages: 5
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0273-3951
Public Use of Academic Libraries in Virginia.
McCulley, Lucretia; Ream, Dan
Virginia Librarian, v34 n2 p9-12 Apr-Jun 1988
The directors of 40 academic libraries in Virginia were surveyed to obtain information on their practices relating to public access, services, and fees in their libraries. Complete or partial responses were received from 21 libraries in private institutions and 14 from state-supported institutions. These responses indicate that all of the responding libraries offer the public open access to their building without charge, although two require an application process. All 18 of the respondents that offer online services to the public charge the online cost of the search, and two of them add an additional fee. Members of the general public are allowed to borrow materials without charge by 21 of the libraries, while an additional 8 libraries allow the public to borrow for a fee, which ranges from $5 to a high of $700. Sixteen of the libraries offer interlibrary loan services to the general public. Reasons for charging public users for services were given as partial or full cost recovery, and limiting their use of the library. Numbers of the general public borrowing materials from academic libraries were reported as ranging from less than 50 to 4,000. The most frequent types of users were ranked as: (1) students from other colleges or universities; (2) high school students; (3) business persons; (4) alumni; (5) public or private school teachers; and (6) recreational users. Only three reported offering special privileges to corporate or business users, and only nine claimed that use by the general public has had a negative impact. Advantages of offering services to the public are cited as good community relations, with services open to high school students serving as a good recruitment tool. A copy of the questionnaire with a tally of the responses is appended together with a list of the participating institutions. (16 notes/references) (BBM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Virginia