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Survey of Academic Library Upper Management: View of 24-Hour Library Access

Survey of Academic Library Upper Management: View of 24-Hour Library Access

We asked: Do you plan to initiate, roll back or increase 24-hour access to the library? We offered four possible answers to this multiple choice question. These were: 1) Don't have it and don't plan to implement it 2) Roll back or decrease such access 3) Initiate 4) Increase such access

10.17% did not answer the question and 54.24% said that they don’t have it and don’t plan to implement it) while only 2.54% said that they plan to roll it back or decrease this access and 10.17% said that they plan to initiate it. Nearly 23% planned to increase 24-hour access. Those a bit lower down on the administrative totem pole, such as associate and assistant deans, associate and assistant library directors, and department heads and directors, were more likely than library directors or full deans or university librarians to want to increase such access.

For example, 33.33% of assistant and associate deans and directors wanted to increase 24-hour access, and another 13.33% wanted to initiate it. The same data for library directors was that only 16.39% wanted to increase such access while 8.2% wanted to initiate it. Another variable that correlated strongly with tendency to want to initiate or increase 24-hour access was library high level executives with degrees in law or business vs those with the more traditional library science degrees.


This study presents data from a survey of 118 high level executives of academic libraries in North America about their views on 24-hour library access. In addition to data on the number of institutions that offer 24-hour access, the extent of access, and what survey participants think of the importance of this access – the study also offers detailed commentary and advice from major academic library executives about how to implement and manage 24-hour library access, and important considerations in its development.

Table 1.1 Which phrase best describes the library’s 24-hour access policies?
Table 1.2 Which phrase best describes the library’s 24-hour access policies? Broken out by professional title of the survey participant
Table 1.3 Which phrase best describes the library’s 24-hour access policies? Broken out by field of study of the survey participant
Table 1.4 Which phrase best describes the library’s 24-hour access policies? Broken out by age of the survey participant
Table 1.5 Which phrase best describes the library’s 24-hour access policies? Broken out for public and private colleges/universities
Table 1.6 Which phrase best describes the library’s 24-hour access policies? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution

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