Patron Preferences: Recreational Reading in an Academic Library

Mueller, Kat Landry
Hanson, Michael
Martinez, Michelle
Meyer, Linda
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The Journal of Academic Librarianship

Research background and method In 2014, Sam Houston State University Library librarians distributed a survey to students, faculty and staff to better understand how the university community was using library materials for recreational reading. The survey found that patrons had preference for print materials with a growing interest in other formats. A significant number of respondents did not view the library as a source of recreational reading materials; those who did read across a broad swath of genres. Greater understanding of patron recreational reading preferences empower the library to expand the library collection to meet all patron demands.

Originally published in Journal of Academic Librarianship. The survey can be found at
academic libraries, university libraries, recreational reading, popular reading, leisure reading, collection development, browsing collection
Mueller, Kat Landry, & Hanson, Michael, & Martinez, Michelle. & Meyer, Linda. (2017) Patron Preferences: Recreational Reading in an Academic Library. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 43 (1), 72-81. DOI 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.019