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Achak, O. (2005). School library or school research center. Roshd, Educational Technology, 3, 20-22. (in Persian)

Agosto, D., Magee, R., Forte, A. and Dickard, M. (2015). The teens speak out: What teens in a tech high school really think about libraries...and what you can do to improve their perceptions. Young Adult Library Services, 13(3), 7-12. Available at:

Agosto, D. E., Paone, K. L., and Ipock, G. S. (2007). The female-friendly public library: Gender differences in adolescents’ uses and perceptions of US public libraries. Library Trends, 56(2), 387-401.

Ball, C. (1994). Start right: The importance of early learning. London: Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (RSA).

Clark, C., and Hawkins, L. (2010). Public libraries and literacy. London: National literacy trust.

Haras, C. (2011). Information behaviors of latinos attending high school in east Los Angeles. Library & Information Science Research, 33(1), 34-40.

Howard, V. (2011). What do young teens think about the public library? The Library Quarterly, 81(3), 321–344.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). (2009). Guidelines for library services for young adults. Available at:

Luo, L., and Weak, E. (2013). Text reference service: Teens' perception and use. Library & Information Science Research, 35(1), 14-23. Available at:

Majidi, M. (2012). The importance of school library. Monthly Journal of Education, 5, 12-14. (in Persian)

Motameni, A., Hemmati, A., and Moradi, H. (2012). Identifying and prioritizing the barriers of youth tending to use public library services. Research on Information Science & Public Libraries, 18(4), 363-374. (in Persian)

Nicholas, D. (2001). Assessing information needs: Tools, techniques and concepts for Internet age. Available at:

Omidkhoda, M., and Sepehr, F. (2009). A survey on interesting subjects to be read in free time by young members of public libraries in Tehran. Research on Information Science & Public Libraries, 15(3), 61-86. (in Persian)

Sarparast, A. (2010). Deleting post of librarian from the educational system shrouded in mystery. Available at:

Shokouhian, M. (2011). Information needs of adolescents (15-18 years old) from Isfahan public libraries affiliated to Iranian Public Libraries Foundation. Master’s thesis, Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran. (in Persian)

Sin, S. C. J. (2012). Modeling the impact of individuals’ characteristics and library service levels on high school students’ public library usage: A national analysis. Library & Information Science Research, 34(3), 228-237.

Soria, K. M., Nackerud, S., and Peterson, K. (2015). Socioeconomic indicators associated with first-year college students' use of academic libraries. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(5), 636-643.

Stone, E. (1999). The Impact of public library use on the educational attainment of primary school children. Available at:

Vavrek, B. (2004). Teens: Bullish on public libraries. Public Library Quarterly, 23(1), 3-12.

Zal Zadeh, E. (2000). The use of Shiraz public libraries by high-school students. Journal of Librarianship, 35, 31-48. (in Persian)


The main objective of this survey was to know young adults’ perceptions and use of public libraries in Sabzevar, Iran. Research population included students aged 12 to 15 who were public library members and were using public library services several times in a year. According to Cochran sampling size formula, the sample size was calculated 180 persons that were chosen by random cluster sampling technique. Required data was gathered by a researcher made questionnaire and analyzed by descriptive and inferential statistics using SPSS 20. The findings showed that the necessity of public library use was more than moderate extent from the young adults’ perspective. The use of loan services, reference services, and information services was more than moderate extent, while use of extension services was less than moderate extent. The main reason for public library use was use of library non-text books and educational aid books, and the main obstacle to use public library was huge amount of home work and lack of time. Further, there was a direct significant relationship between the use of public library services and socioeconomic and cultural status.



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