Worth a Thousand Words: Art and the User in the Public Library

by Jack, Emily

Abstract (Summary)
This paper presents the results of a study investigating the interactions between public library users, art, and library buildings. Drawing upon the results of an art inventory, user observations, a user survey, and staff interviews, the study addresses the extent of users’ interactions with art in two public libraries, and the possible effects of art on users’ library experiences. The research was driven by the question: Do public libraries in which the art displayed is perceived favorably draw more recreational users than public libraries in which the art displayed is unnoticed or perceived unfavorably? The study finds no relationship between patrons’ activities and their tendency to view art, but finds that patrons are engaged by art, and suggests that users may spend more time in a library in which the art displayed is perceived favorably.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Deborah Barreau

School:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

School Location:USA - North Carolina

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:public libraries library buildings art in user behavior


Date of Publication:04/09/2007

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