What do people do when their library closes down?

R V Proctor, Bob Usherwood, Gill Sobczyk


This article describes British Library funded research into the Sheffield libraries strike last year. The aim of the research was to investigate the impact of the temporary closure of public library services on user behaviour and attitudes. It examines the robustness of public library use and how
easily previous patterns of use were resumed after the strike. Assertions in previous research about the effect of the public library on the local infrastructure are also tested. The full Report is available from the British Library, (Research and Innovation Report 6224).


British Library; Strikes; Closure; public libraries; Sheffield; behaviour; attitudes; robustness; local infrasructure; impact; temporary closure

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