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INFLUENCE OF LIBRARY AESTHETICS ON USERS’ PATRONAGE OF FEDERAL UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN SOUTH-EAST, NIGERIA

Abstract 

 This study was designed to investigate the influence of library aesthetics on users’ patronage of federal university libraries in South-East Nigeria. The study was carried out as a result of the decline in university library patronage; which could be attributed to the influence of internet on access and retrieval of information resources and the emergence of various information providers. Descriptive survey research design was employed for the study. The population consisted of twenty-four thousand, two hundred and sixty three (24,263) registered library users. The sample size was three hundred and eighty-eight (388). Eight specific objectives and research questions guided the study. Sixty- eight items questionnaire titled Influence of Library Aesthetes on Users’ Patronage Questionnaire (ILAUPQ) was used for instrument for data collection. Observation checklist was also adopted in finding out the available library aesthetics facilities in the libraries. Mean scores and standard deviation were used to analyze the data. Findings derived from the observation checklist were discussed in the interpretation of table. The results of data analyzed revealed that: available library aesthetics facilities such as; ventilation, signage, lightning, art drawing; interior and exterior decoration attracts and fascinates users to patronize the library; library aesthetics influences users’ educational purpose of library patronage; users’ library services consultation are being influenced by library aesthetics; there are few social library aesthetics facilities to influence users to frequently patronize the library for social and entertainment activities; users’ perception of library aesthetics and design features influences their patronage; the aesthetic considerations embedded on the design of the library were regarded very impressive, attractive inspiring and desirable for library use by library users; the major problems affecting library aesthetics influence on users’ patronage are: lack of or poor maintenance, non refurbishment and renovation of the libraries, use of inferior and substandard materials amongst others; and the strategies to enhance library aesthetics influence of users’ patronage are use of standard aesthetic materials in library construction; proper maintenance of the aesthetics facilities, and aesthetic consideration in the design of the library. Respondents affirmed that these strategies are applicable to enhancing library aesthetics. The degree of influence of library aesthetics on users’ patronage is on “agree” level. It is based on the above findings that the following recommendations were made: the library building should be renovated and refurbished aesthetically to appeal to the taste and attraction of users; aesthetic consideration should be implemented in designing new library buildings or renovation of old ones; proper measures for maintenance of the library aesthetics facilities should be adopted; adequate fund should be allocated to beautify the library; standard and modern library aesthetics facilities should be put in place in the library, and finally, the library aesthetics should be used as a marketing gimmick to earn frequent users’ patronage.

Project detailsContents
 
Number of Pages117 pages
Chapter one Introduction
Chapter two Literature review
Chapter three  methodology
Chapter  four  Data analysis
Chapter  five Summary,discussion & recommendations
ReferenceReference
QuestionnaireQuestionnaire
AppendixAppendix
Chapter summary1 to 5 chapters
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