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No. 48 Preferences, availability and usage of online search for books at public libraries

Would you prefer to use the Internet to search for books in public libraries and is it possible to use it in the area you live and have you ever tried using it?

Base: Regular Internet users, weighted column percentages
Questions: K1, K2, K3
Sources: SIBIS GPS 2002, SIBIS GPS-NAS 2003

The search for books at public libraries is a relatively simple process to implement and many libraries already provide this service. Citizens who look for a book to borrow can benefit from being able to locate library books over the Internet, regardless of opening hours and the distance to the library building. Three out of four Internet users in the EU prefer online book-searching against the traditional way. More than 20 percent have already used it. In addition, respondents from the NAS countries showed a high preference for this online service. Awareness of the availability of this service and its usage numbers are also relatively large.

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