Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Winter 1-25-2021

Document Type



Since 1986, when library anxiety phenomenon was first mentioned by Mellon, numerous scientific papers have been written on this subject. The main purpose of this paper is to analyse and summarize existing scientific literature regarding library anxiety with a special emphasis on academic libraries.

By thorough review of literature authors reached two conclusions. First one being that library anxiety is a real occurrence among university library users and it impairs academic success and second that library anxiety can be prevented or alleviated by librarians.

In this paper we have listed definitions of library anxiety, scales for measuring library anxiety and practical procedures in prevention and alleviation of library anxiety. This paper could have practical implications for academic librarians, library and information science scholars and students.