Assessment of Reading Habits of Public Library Users in the Digital Era: An Empirical Study


  • Librarian and IQAC Coordinator, Shimurali Sachinandan College of Education, Shimurali, Nadia - 741248, West Bengal



Leisure Time, Library Use, Preferred Resources, Public Library, Reading Habits.


In the Context of rapid increase in electronic resources the reading habits of the public library user community are examined. A representative sample was drawn from a large and heterogeneous population following a stratified sampling technique. The reading habits of the users were identified using several parameters adopted to achieve the objectives of the study. Findings of the study revealed that 41.82% of respondents visit the library 2-4 times per month, followed by 22.05% used to visit it 2-3 times per week, while only 16.82% of the respondents visit the library almost regularly. However, the study indicated that electronic documents have an important role in enhancing people's reading habits. It is recommended that the library needs to emphasize on collecting both printed as well as digital resources. While reading habits of public library users are stable, they were quite comfortable reading in a digital environment.


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Author Biography

Sambhu Nath Halder, Librarian and IQAC Coordinator, Shimurali Sachinandan College of Education, Shimurali, Nadia - 741248, West Bengal

Dr. Sambhu Nath Halder M.L.I.Sc., M.A., G.D.C.A., Ph.D. PERSONAL PROFILE CURRENT DESIGNATION- LIBRARIAN & IQAC COORDINATOR, SSCE YEAR OF EXPERIENCE: 15 CURRENT ADDRESS: BANK MORE, HABIBPUR, RANAGHAT, NADIA – 741402 E-MAIL: CATEGORY- UNRESERVED Work Profile • Teachers’ Representative in the Governing Body, SSCE • Coordinator of Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), SSCE • Nodal Officer of RUSA 2 & Coordinator of Project Monitoring Unit, SSCE • Convener of Library Committee, SSCE • Convener of Admission Committee, SSCE • Member of Teachers’ Council, SSCE • Member of Finance Committee, SSCE • Member of Purchase Committee, SSCE • Member of Grievance Redressal Cell, SSCE • Appellate Authority, SSCE • Convener of Seminar Committee, SSCE • Convener of Community Outreach Programme, SSCE • Member of NSS Unit, SSCE • In-Charge for website development in Shimurali Sachinandan College of Education • Editor of the journal entitled “IGNITE: A Peer Reviewed Multi-Disciplinary Research Journal” published by Shimurali Sachinandan College of Education • Associate Editor of International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, ISSN: 2455-2070 • Member of the National Editorial Advisory Board of IP Indian Journal of Library Science and Information Technology, ISSN: 2456-9623 • Government Nominee and President of the Library Committee of Tarapada Smriti Pathagar (Govt. sponsored public library), Nadia • Acted as Guest Lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science, University of Kalyani, Kalyani, Nadia • Acted as Academic Counselor, Examiner and Evaluator of Answer Scripts and Dissertation Supervisor in Netaji Subhas Open University


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How to Cite

Halder, S. N. (2021). Assessment of Reading Habits of Public Library Users in the Digital Era: An Empirical Study. Journal of Information and Knowledge, 58(1), 59–66.
Received 2020-05-02
Accepted 2021-02-17
Published 2021-02-25