Reading Habits of District Public Library Users: A Survey (Special reference to Bastar Reason Chhattisgarh)
The main objective of the study is to explore reading habit of public library users. For the study, questionnaire method is adopted to collect data from the library users of district public library Bastar. The study finds that majority of the library users read every day. Their purpose of reading in the library is to update their knowledge. 30% of the library users visit library once a week. Majority of the respondents visit public library to read newspapers. The main reason for not coming to the library is lack of time. A structured questionnaire was designed and personally distributed to 100 respondents over a period of seven months for the study. Responses present a dismal outlook of the libraries. Financial deficit and lack of computers, infrastructure and staff have stagnated the development of these libraries. These libraries continue to stand the same way as they stood 60 years before.