Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Date of this Version

Summer 4-26-2023


Original article


University libraries play a crucial role in providing access to various information resources that are essential for academic and research development. Apart from the regular collection and services, libraries also need to focus on providing resources for competitive exams, as they help students prepare for various competitive exams and enhance their employability skills. This study focused on a specific population of competitive exam aspirants who use the Yogi Vemana University Library competitive exam section. A structured questionnaire was distributed to 200 students from various disciplines, and 192 (96%) responses were used for analysis. The findings indicate that the majority of respondents were male (61.46%) and aged between 21-25 years (35.42%). Most respondents visit the competitive cell once a week (30.21%), with the most popular exam being the Andhra Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) group exams (84.90%). The most widely used type of book is the NET-JRF/SLET exam books (84.90%), and the main difficulty faced by respondents is the availability and currency of materials (73.08%). The purpose of this research is to investigate the usage and satisfaction levels of competitive collections and gain insights into how users use these collections. The study suggests that the university allocates a sufficient budget to the library for the development of competitive exam materials. Regular orientation programs and guest lectures are also recommended to create awareness of accessible online competitive sources and the latest information on competitive exams and better meet the needs and expectations of library users.