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Use and perceptions of e-books in Derbyshire libraries

Graham Martindale (Information School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Peter Willett (Information School, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK)
Roger Jones (Department of Health and Communities, Derbyshire County Council, Matlock, UK)

Library Review

ISSN: 0024-2535

Article publication date: 2 February 2015




The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of the new e-lending scheme on the users of libraries operated by Derbyshire County Council.


A web-based questionnaire was distributed to current and recent users of the e-lending service, and 452 responses were obtained.


The service is very highly valued, and its users would wish it to be continued and, if possible, extended and improved, most obviously by increasing the stock. The principal motivating factors for use of the service are convenience and time-saving, as opposed to physical remoteness from a library or accessibility issues.


This is one of the first, and the largest, surveys in the UK of a public library e-lending service, and it provides guidance for the future development of such services.



Martindale, G., Willett, P. and Jones, R. (2015), "Use and perceptions of e-books in Derbyshire libraries", Library Review, Vol. 64 No. 1/2, pp. 2-20.



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