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Perspectives concerning user fees in public libraries

Charlotte Egholm (Charlotte Egholm is Associate Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark, and is currently Study Counsellor.)
Henrik Jochumsen (Henrik Jochumsen is Associate Professor at the Royal School of Library and Information Science, Denmark, and is attached to the Centre for Cultural Policy Studies.)

Library Management

ISSN: 0143-5124

Article publication date: 1 August 2000

Abstract

New challenges facing public libraries require increasing resources and/or a more systematic approach in selecting from the increasing amount of new materials and filtering the overwhelming information glut. In facing this dilemma one idea could be to introduce user fees. Reports the results of investigations into the nature and level of user fees established in public libraries in several countries. The article discusses six general perspectives concerning user fees related to the future role of public libraries: the financial rationale underlying user fees; the willingness of users to pay; user fees as a means of collecting information on user preferences and controlling/limiting its use; the impact on the social distribution of library services; aspects of rethinking the modern welfare state; and aspects of enlightenment in a post‐modern society.

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Citation

Egholm, C. and Jochumsen, H. (2000), "Perspectives concerning user fees in public libraries", Library Management, Vol. 21 No. 6, pp. 298-306. https://doi.org/10.1108/01435120010327605

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