Leisure Role of Public Libraries: User Views

TitleLeisure Role of Public Libraries: User Views
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsHayes, E, Morris, A
JournalJournal of Librarianship and Information Science
Volume37
Issue3
Pagination131 - 139
Date Published2005///
ISBN Number0961-0006
AbstractThis is the second of two articles examining the leisure role of public libraries. The first article examined the leisure role of public libraries in the UK from a historical perspective. This examines the value of the public library service in providing leisure opportunities from a user point of view. The results demonstrate that public libraries have a significant impact on people's leisure time. Benefits include providing relaxation, improving health and well-being, opening up choices and opportunities despite financial constraints, alleviating boredom and allowing people to socialize. Public libraries are, therefore, providing a worthwhile and necessary function through their leisure role. (Contains 4 tables.)