On average, how many books do university students read in a year? It’s hard to even make a wild guess. Then, can you guess how many books you check out from your university library?
To most university students, the school library is the place where you study, do research, and take a rest. During examination periods, many students study at the library around the clock. However, students might forget one of the primary functions of the library ? checking out books.
An analysis of recent data collected by the Dongguk University Central Library reveals that the number of books checked out by students in 2010 decreased by 0.39% compared to a year earlier, while the number of books checked out by graduate students, professors, and university personnel actually increased.
The most noticeable statistic was that the number of books checked out per student decreased by 1.35 books, while the number of books checked out by other groups of people increased. This noticeable change is somewhat worrying.
A librarian pointed out another reason why the number of books being checked out is declining. He explained that the young generation’s reliance on mobile technology plays a large role.
“Various reading materials like E-books can easily be read on mobile devices such as smart phones or tablet PCs. That’s one reason why many students don’t check out as many books from the library as they used to,” Kim Jin-ho, a staff librarian, said. “But one thing students have to know is that traditional books are far more memorable than books in electronic formats,” he added.
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