Opinion on Reading among Library Users of Pustaka Negeri Sarawak in Kuching and Miri

  • Norseha Unin
  • Abdul Rahman Saili
  • Rasidah Mahdi

Abstract

This paper is derived from a study that explored the reading habits of library users at Pustaka
Negeri Sarawak in Kuching and Miri. The focus of the paper is to identify the users’ opinion
on reading. It is also to explore their motivation and hindering factors for reading. The paper
provides suggestions for optimizing the use of library resources based on the empirical data
collected. Primary data were collected from walk-in library users who were registered and
non-registered members. A total of 416 paper surveys were collected; 260 surveys were from
Pustaka Negeri Sarawak in Kuching and the remaining 156 were from Miri. The findings
reveal that many of the library users are forced readers with a positive attitude towards
reading. In view of the optimistic finding, these forced readers have the potential to be
nurtured as avid readers. As reference libraries in the State of Sarawak, Pustaka Negeri
Sarawak in Kuching and Miri can assume a more active role in attracting these forced
readers and getting them engaged as avid readers. One of the suggestions is to initiate a
yearly calendar for community reading activities e.g. book club which can be organized in
collaboration with other university or public libraries.

Published
2018-04-23
How to Cite
UNIN, Norseha; SAILI, Abdul Rahman; MAHDI, Rasidah. Opinion on Reading among Library Users of Pustaka Negeri Sarawak in Kuching and Miri. Sarawak Library Journal : Publication of Pustaka Negeri Sarawak, [S.l.], v. 1, n. 1, p. 8, apr. 2018. ISSN 2600-9412. Available at: <http://myjms.mohe.gov.my/index.php/sljppns/article/view/3728>. Date accessed: 20 may 2018.