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Pearl: A Journal of Library and Information Science
Year : 2008, Volume : 2, Issue : 2
First page : ( 53) Last page : ( 56)
Print ISSN : 0973-7081.

Problems Faced in the Libraries and Suggestions to Improve Reading Habits: A Case Study of Dakshina Kannada District

Sudha S.T.1Chief Librarian, Harinarayana N.S.2Reader

1St. Agnes College, Bendoor, Mangalore.

2Department of Library and Information Science, Manasagangothri, Mysore.


In the present study an attempt is made to examine the problems related to reading habits of the students in libraries as well as few of the suggested remedial measures. A total of 1757 students from 24 professional and 28 non-professional colleges were served as the sample for the present study. The data was collected by structured questionnaire which had components on various problems as well as suggestions to improve reading habits. The data were gathered from students studying in professional and non-professional colleges, male and female students, students studying in Kannada and English medium and lastly students from urban and rural areas. Contingency coefficient analysis and chi-square tests were employed to find out the association between type of education, gender, medium & area with the obtained responses. Results revealed that 51.7% of the students indicated that books kept under lock and key was one of the problems faced in library which hinders the reading habit, 43.7% strict rules and regulations, 43.4% for adequacy of important text books for reading, 37.8% indicated lack of computer knowledge to access information, 36.5% indicated misplacement of books, 35.4% each for lack of co-operation from library staff and old books contributed for hindering the reading habits. Some of the important aspects to improve reading habits are - reading more news papers and journals (93.1%), reading more general books other than text books (92.5%), watching media programs (83.3%), attending group discussions (82.3%) and so on.


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