Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science ISSN: 2435-8495
三田図書館・情報学会 Mita Society for Library and Information Science
〒108‒8345 東京都港区三田2‒15‒45 慶應義塾大学文学部図書館・情報学専攻内 c/o Keio University, 2-15-45 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan
Library and Information Science 67: 39-61 (2012)

原著論文Original Article

大学図書館における「場所としての図書館」の利用実態An utilization study on “the library as place” in academic libraries

慶應義塾大学大学院文学研究科図書館・情報学専攻Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Keio University ◇ 〒108-8345 東京都港区三田二丁目15番45号 ◇ Mita 2-15-45, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-8345, Japan

受付日:2010年8月2日Received: August 2, 2010
受理日:2012年5月9日Accepted: May 9, 2012
発行日:2012年6月30日Published: June 30, 2012



Purpose: Some librarians and researchers in the field of Library and Information Science predict that library buildings will disappear in the near future as all library materials become available on the Internet. On the other hand, there are others who are reevaluating the role of traditional libraries as a “place” for studying or reading in the Internet age. In Japan, Learning Commons has become popular as a result of the reevaluation of “the library as place”, unfortunately, however, it is insufficient to discuss the theoretical aspects of providing Learning Commons in campuses, and therefore its purpose and functionality remain unclear. Clarifying the concept of “the library as place” is considered to be a first step for solving the problem. This paper examines empirically the actual situation of library use as “place” in order to discuss this concept.

Methods and Results: At Yokohama National University Central Library in Japan, users’ staying place, belongings and behavior were investigated by unobtrusive observation during three days (June 23‒25th, 2009). The library space was divided into 30 areas, and investigators observed library users in each area. In total, 9,610 users were investigated. The results showed that 1) the library is used as a learning space for undergraduate students, 2) the personal computers in the library are heavily used, 3) that there are various ways of using the library facilities. The observational investigation method used in this study is effective for examining effectively library use, but it can not clarify users’ cognitive aspects; these may be measured by questionnaires.

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