Keep the books on the shelves: Library space as intrinsic facilitator of the reading experience

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Abstract

Library literature frequently reports projects to remove print collections and replace them with other amenities for patrons. This project challenges the untested assumption that the physical library itself serves no useful function to its users unless they are actively consulting books from the shelves. The alternative hypothesis is that readers benefit from the mere act of studying while in a book-filled environment. To test this possibility, ten subjects completed SAT-style reading comprehension tests in both a traditional library environment, and a renovated chapel that strongly resembles library space except for lacking books. Results provide a reasonable basis to support an expectation that readers perform better on reading comprehension tasks performed in book-rich environments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102104
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Volume46
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project was funded by an American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Academic Law Libraries Special Interests Section (ALL-SIS) Research Grant. The author thanks Ellen Lycan for her invaluable assistance on the statistical analyses. An earlier draft benefited from comments during the AALL Joint Scholarship Committee Virtual Colloquium.

Funding Information:
This project was funded by an American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) Academic Law Libraries Special Interests Section (ALL-SIS) Research Grant. The author thanks Ellen Lycan for her invaluable assistance on the statistical analyses. An earlier draft benefited from comments during the AALL Joint Scholarship Committee Virtual Colloquium.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 The Author

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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