Determinants of Library Use, Collections and Services Among the Students of Engineering: a Case Study of King Saud University

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Determinants of library use, collections and services among the students of engineering: a case study of King Saud University
Akhtar Hussain
Civil Engineering Department, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and

Abdulwahab M. Abalkhail
Department of Library and Information Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Abstract Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the determinants of library use, collections and services among the students of engineering at King Saud University, Riyadh (KSA). Design/methodology/approach – A survey was designed to collect needed information about the level of usage of library collections, services and satisfaction of users. A well-structured
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The library is a repository where information is acquired to process, retrieve and disseminate to the right users at the right time. The ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science defines the library as:
[. . .] a collection of materials organized to provide physical, bibliographic and intellectual access to a target group, with a staff that is trained to provide sciences and programs related to the information needs of the target group (Young, 1983).

It is considered an important and integral component of any high quality academic institution. The university library is no exception in it. A number of studies have been conducted to reveal the library usage, collections and services among users. Adequacy of collections is one of the most important factors that fulfill the needs of user demand. Academic libraries are
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meant for providing services to its users’ community. To provide quality oriented services, the library should have a periodic assessment to maintain and to improve the quality to meet the users’ need at the highest level. Assessment of the quality of a library can be done by getting feedback from users because users are the best judges of the quality of the

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