Services to Bookmobile Communities
Bookmobile User Survey Results, 1997
Q1. From the list below, please indicate the reason(s) you have come to this bookmobile today. Circle all that apply.
(a.) I have no transportation to get to the town library: 92 responses, 8%
(b.) The bookmobile is convenient for me: 1080 responses, 90%
(c.) The bookmobile is my library of choice: 474 responses, 40%
(d.) I am able to meet my friends:148 responses, 12%
(e.) To complete a school assignment: 73 responses, 6%
(f.) To find a book and/or other materials to fix or repair things: 115 responses, 10%
(g.) To borrow book(s) and/or other materials for myself: 705 responses, 59%
(h.) I am unemployed and have the time: 134 responses, 11%
(i.) To brush up on my reading: 255 responses, 21%
(j.) To look for new job possibilities: 12 responses, 1%
(k.) To obtain book(s) and/or other materials which I requested: 451 responses, 38%
(l.) To specifically borrow videos: 88 responses, 7%
(m.) To bring child(ren) for programs or to have them borrow books and/or other materials: 412 responses, 34%
(n.) To borrow books/or other materials for someone else: 155 responses, 13%
(o.) Other: 93 responses, 8%
Q2. What are the reasons that you borrow books and/or other materials from this bookmobile? Please circle all that apply.
(a.) For general knowledge: 695 responses, 58%
(b.) For pleasure/relaxation: 1099 responses, 92%
(c.) To gain specific knowledge for work/career: 163 responses, 14%
(d.) To meet educational requirements: 151 responses, 13%
(e.) For spiritual reasons: 132 responses, 11%
(f.) Other: 85 responses, 7%
Q3. How often do you use the bookmobile at this stop?
(a.) Every time it makes a stop: 681 responses, 57%
(b.) Most times it makes a stop: 409 responses, 34%
(c.) Only occasionally: 101 responses, 8%
Q4. In addition to the bookmobile, within the last year, did you borrow books and/or other materials or use other services of the town?
(a.) Yes: 594 responses, 50%
(b.) No: 540 responses, 45%
(c.) Does not apply: 27 responses, 2%
Q5. How far do you live from the bookmobile stop?
(a.) Less than one mile: 571 responses, 48%
(b.) One to three miles: 432 responses, 36%
(c.) Three to five miles: 104 responses, 9%
(d.) More than five miles: 80 responses, 7%
Q6. How far do you live from the town library?
(a.) Less than five miles: 365 responses, 30%
(b.) Five to ten miles: 311 responses, 26%
(c.) Eleven to fifteen miles: 150 responses, 13%
(d.) Sixteen to twenty miles: 120 responses, 10%
(e.) Twenty-one to twenty-five miles: 55 responses, 5%
(f.) More than twenty-five miles: 90 responses, 8%
Q7. How does access to the bookmobile affect your life or those in your household?
(a.) It has little impact: 61 responses, 5%
(b.) It has made my life better: 806 responses, 67%
(c.) It has improved my job possibilities: 28 responses, 2%
(d.) It has improved my childís learning: 473 responses, 38%
(e.) It has provided the opportunities that I otherwise would not have had: 459 responses, 38%
(f.) Other: 108 responses, 9%
Q8. If the services (books, personal assistance, etc.) that you obtained today were translated into a dollar amount, how much value do you think you received?
(a.) Less than $5.00: 30 responses, 3%
(b.) $5.00 - $9.99: 99 responses, 8%
(c.) $10.00 - $14.99: 118 responses, 10%
(d.) $15.00 - $19.99: 100 responses, 8%
(e.) $20.00 or more: 777 responses, 65%
Q9. Do you have a computer and modem at home that you use to find information online?
(a.) Yes: 285 responses, 24%
(b.) No: 873 responses, 73%
Q10. What would be the consequence to you if this bookmobile were not available?
(a.) Desperate: 195 responses, 16%
(b.) Bad: 550 responses, 46%
(c.) Inconvenient: 200 responses, 16%
(d.) No effect: 60 responses, 5%
(e.) Would purchase books: 111 responses, 9%
Q11. My occupation is
(a.) Educator: 201 responses, 17%
(b.) Housewife: 327 responses, 27%
(c.) Retired: 260 responses, 22%
(d.) Student: 22 responses, 2%
(e.) Other: 434 responses, 36%
Q12. My age is
Average of all respondents is 50 years
Q13. Please indicate your gender.
(a.) Male: 184 responses, 15%
(b.) Female: 1016 responses, 85%