Ramsden, Bryony (2014) What's a Library For? Finding out how libraries are used. In: ARCLIB 2014: Beautiful Libraries, 9-11 July 2014, University of Cambridge. (Unpublished)

We all have preconceptions about the use of libraries, whether that's from work experience or from personal use. We all have ideas of what is supposed to be the 'right' use. From the first time we are introduced to the school library, or we go to the public library as small children and are told to be quiet by our parents, we develop ways of seeing them that can follow us well into the future. Design of libraries and the technology they house is changing that a little, by developing new, more engaging environments that support a variety of uses. People are using libraries in ways we don't always perceive as 'normal'...

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