Public libraries as public sphere institutions: A comparative study of perceptions of the public library’s role in six European countries
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Original versionAudunson RA, Aabø S, Blomgren R, Hobohm HC, Jochumsen H, Khosrowjerdi, Mumenthaler, Schuldt K, Rasmussen, Rydbeck K, Toth M, Vårheim AV. Public libraries as public sphere institutions: A comparative study of perceptions of the public library’s role in six European countries. Journal of Documentation. 2019 https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JD-02-2019-0015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyze the role of public libraries as institutions underpinning a democratic public sphere as reasons legitimizing libraries compared to reasons that are more traditional and the actual use of libraries as public sphere arenas. Design/methodology/approach: A survey of representative samples of the adult population in six countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Hungary and Switzerland – was undertaken. Findings: Legitimations related to the libraries role as a meeting place and arena for public debate are ranked as the 3 least important out of 12 possible legitimations for upholding a public library service. Libraries are, however, used extensively by the users to access citizenship information and to participate in public sphere relevant meetings. Originality/value: Few studies have empirically analyzed the role of libraries in upholding a democratic and sustainable public sphere. This study contributes in filling that gap.
SeriesJournal of Documentation;Publication date 26 September
JournalJournal of Documentation
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