A Study on Using the University Library and Reading Habits of Students: A Study on Tishk International University Students in Erbil, Iraq


  •  Bünyamin Celik    

Abstract

The library uses habits of the students and their choices what to read change dramatically from student to student. Reading habits of newspapers are indicated very low in statistics, while reading habits of books were relatively much higher. In addition, the habits of library use are different, so the underlying reasons should be delved into. The aim of this study is to reveal the use of the university library and reading habits of Tishk International University Education Faculty students. 200 students who were randomly chosen from 530 students from different departments of the Faculty participated in this survey voluntarily. Descriptive and correlational research model was used in the study. In the analysis of the data, the questionnaire technique and the “chi-square test” was used. According to the results of the study; students’ use of the university library and reading habits were found to be high (strong habits). On the other hand, it was concluded that students’ newspaper reading habits were lower than those of reading books. Students who think that they have not read enough books, magazines and similar reading sources have cited the problem of not finding time as a reason and the lack of the printed media and publishing in the country. In addition, it is clear that students with a high frequency of library use have academic success and a strong reading habit. On the other hand, no significant relationship was found between the frequency of reading the books and the levels of income and the level of education of parents.



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