A Comparative Study of Urban and Rural Reading Habits:
Problems of the Rural Readers
This study informs that there are many differences in the library provision. The users of urban
libraries enjoy more access to resources as compared to rural users. This affects adversely the
reading habits of the rural users. A fieldwork (observations interviews with librarians and the
users) were carried out to confirm the differences in the library provision. To validate, this data
was keyed into the SPSS statistical package, where coding and recording were carried out. Finally,
the results drawn from the observations and interviews confirmed that there were large gaps
between the two provisions. An extent of differences in provision was formulated. This research
helped to find out the main problems of the library users that are affecting their reading habits.
The main problems highlighted are less number of quality academic reading materials, outdated
collections, unwelcoming behavior of staff, less community involvement, poor library access, lack
of photocopy/printing services, less customer focused, lack of ICT services, flexibility in operating
hours, requirements of staff training and the Internet access. This research facilitated the
researchers to write suggestions for improvement plan. This study is useful for not only local
stakeholders but also overseas stakeholders having the similar situation.