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How Do Library Visitors Use Spaces in a Public Library?

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2023, 57(1), pp.5-21
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2023.57.1.005
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : November 1, 2022
  • Accepted : January 9, 2023
  • Published : February 28, 2023

Park, Sung Jae 1

1한성대학교

Excellent Accredited

ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is to analyze how library visitors use spaces in the library and to make suggestions for improving library use environments. Library use patterns were analyzed by tracking the users’ smartphone WiFi. A library located in Seoul, Korea was selected and detectors were installed in the library. The suggestions from the results analyzing data collected between September, 2016 and December, 2016 were as followed. 27.17% of library visitors used a space in the library. Among them, 28.69% used the lobby to return their checked-out materials. Therefore, the library is recommended to install a device in the area in which users are easy to return their items. Additionally, since the spatial relationship between cultural program room and book shelves was low, those programs might be improved by providing library materials related with them.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.