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A Study on the Young Adult's Perceptions and Needs towards the Public Library Space

  • Journal of the Korean Biblia Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2017, 28(4), pp.461-480
  • DOI : 10.14699/kbiblia.2017.28.4.461
  • Publisher : Journal Of The Korean Biblia Society For Library And Information Science
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science

Sun Chi 1 Yunkeum Chang 2

1숙명여자대학교 문헌정보학과
2숙명여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this research is to explore young adults (YA)’ perceptions, use, and needs of public libraries, as well as to find out how to make effective YA sections within public libraries. Two public libraries with separate YA sections were selected and a total of 126 YA users participated in the survey. The survey showed 86.5% of participants used the YA section and the main reasons for use were reading for leisure, study area use, and seeking information for school assignments. 64.8% of participants agreed that separate YA sections are needed at public libraries. The areas most in need of improvement were expansion of seats of YA section, lack of digital devices, and expansion of group study and meeting spaces. This research highlights for space composition policy as YA’s needs, creating a balanced environment for physical facilities, and YA oriented service. As well, a need for improved opening hours, and expansion of multi-use spaces for seats of the YA section.

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