Why Do You Use Library? Why Don't You Use Library?

The staff and trustees of Barrington Public Library want your feedback on a survey they can use to create a new 5-year plan.

Barrington Public Library stacks. Credit: W.Rupp
Barrington Public Library stacks. Credit: W.Rupp

Why do you use the Barrington Public Library? Why don’t you use the library?

Debbie Barchi, library director, would like you to answer both of those questions to help the staff and trustees draft a new 5-year plan as required by the state.

“We want to hear what people have to say,” Barchi said. “We don’t want to plan in a vacuum." 

A short survey has been written to get your feedback as a first stage of gathering feedback, she said. A second stage will be focus groups.

You can find the survey online by clicking here. Or you can pick up a hard copy at the reference desk. 

 “We would really like you know why you don’t use the library?” Barchi said. “That’s actually more important than feedback from hardcore library users.” 

Among the questions the survey asks:

  • How often have you visited the library in the past 12 months?
  • What resources do you use, such as the childrens’ room, the teen room, the book, ebook and DVD and videotape collections, the computers and WI-FI, periodicals, reference materials, museum passes and meeting rooms.
  • How satisfied with the library resources are you?
  • How satisfied overall are you with the library?
  • Have you attended a library program and how satisfied were you with the event?
  • What new services could the library offer that would make you visit it?
  • How important is the library to you and your family?
  • To what extent do you think the library contributes to Barrington’s quality of life?

The survey closes with a question to determine your interest in participating in the follow-up focus groups. That is the only time you need to identify yourself. 

All suggestions and comments will be carefully considered  in creating the new plan, Barchi said.  For more information, contact Barchi at 247-1920, extension 305.


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