Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Published in Library Philosophy and Practice (2011) 9 p.


The study looked at the factors that affect agricultural students’ use of the library. Simple random sampling was used to select 145 students. The data were analyzed using the probit model. Age was found to have a negative effect on the use of the library by students. Alternative to library have negative significant effect while library use with friend, availability of relevant materials and hours spent in the library have significant positive effect on the library use. Positive Library staff response to students encourages students’ use of the library while the location of the library does not have negative effect on library use. It was then suggested library staff should periodically evaluate itself to encourage its response to students needs and the Polytechnic authority should ensure availability of relevant text books and materials in the library as few students have access to personal e-library and internet connection as library alternatives.