Six-Country Africa Library Perception Study – read the findings

Most people in six African countries believe public libraries have the potential to contribute to community development in important areas such as health, employment and agriculture. However, libraries are small and under-resourced, and most people associate them with traditional book lending and reference services rather than innovation and technology.

These are among key findings of groundbreaking research into perceptions of public libraries in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda. EIFL’s Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) commissioned the research to deepen understanding of the role of public libraries in Africa and of the vision, aspirations and expectations of the general public, librarians and national and local government. The study was conducted by the social and marketing research company, TNS RMS East Africa Ltd., from December to July 2011.

Read the research results.

Perception Study Overview

Perceptions of Public Libraries in Africa cover pagePerceptions of Public Libraries in Africa: Full Report  high res | low res

Background and Introduction [PDF]  high res | low res
Executive summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Perceptions of users and non-users [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 2: Librarians’ perceptions [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: Perceptions of local government officials [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 4: Perceptions of national level stakeholders [PDF]  high res | low res
Detailed Methodology Report [PDF]  high res | low res

*We are very interested in who uses these research instruments and questionnaires. If you are planning to download and use them in any way for your own research, please send a quick email to rebecca.neilson [at] eifl.net and let her know your plans.

**In the questionnaires, 'runners' refers to government officials / decision-makers directly involved with libraries. The term 'non-runners' refers to government officials / decision-makers in government departments not directly concerned with libraries, but involved in departments like agriculture, water and sanitation, health, etc.

Country-specific studies

Ethiopia

Perception Study - Ethiopia Overview [PDF]
Perceptions of Public Libraries in Ethiopia – Full Report  [PDF]  high res | low res
Executive Summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Librarians [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 2: Local government officials [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: National level stakeholders [PDF]  high res | low res

Ghana

Perception Study - Ghana Overview [PDF]
Perceptions of Public Libraries in Ghana – Full Report [PDF]  high res | low res
Executive Summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Users and non-users [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 2: Librarians [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: Local government officials [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 4: National level stakeholders & Conclusion [PDF]  high res | low res

Kenya

Perception Study - Kenya Overview [PDF]
Perceptions of Public Libraries in Kenya – Full Report [PDF]  high res | low res
Executive Summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Users and non-users [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 2: Librarians [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: Local government officials [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 4: National level stakeholders [PDF]  high res | low res

Tanzania

Perception Study - Tanzania Overview [PDF]
Perceptions of Public Libraries in Tanzania – Full Report [PDF]  high res | low res
Executive Summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Users and non-users [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 2: Librarians [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: Local government officials [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 4: National level stakeholders [PDF]  high res | low res

Uganda

Perception Study - Uganda Overview [PDF]
Perceptions of Public Libraries in Uganda – Full Report [PDF]  high res | low res
Executive Summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Users and non-users [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 2: Librarians [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: Local government [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 4: National level stakeholders [PDF]  high res | low res

Zimbabwe

Perceptions of Public Libraries in Zimbabwe – Full Report [PDF] high res | low res
Executive Summary [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 1: Librarians  high res | low res
Section 2: Local level officials [PDF]  high res | low res
Section 3: National level stakeholders & Conclusion [PDF]  high res | low res

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