Open Access Graduate Research Paper
This study analyzed one part of the physical arrangement of public libraries -- the shelving of nonfiction books. The results of the study could offer practical help in one aspect of new or remodeled public library buildings, that is, would it be better to shelve the children's non-fiction books in a separate area, perhaps with the children's fiction books? Or would a better approach be to shelve all non-fiction books, whether on a second grade or college reading level, on the same shelves?
Three hypotheses were proposed dealing with the differences in non-fiction book circulation in two small public libraries in Charles City and Clear Lake, Iowa. Data were collected during two representative weeks in April, 1993. For all of the hypotheses, the intershelving of all non-fiction books resulted in at least a 15% difference in the number of non-fiction books circulated.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
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©1993 Nancy Hasenwinkel
Hasenwinkel, Nancy, "The Effect of Integrated Shelving on Circulation of Adult and Juvenile Non Fiction" (1993). Graduate Research Papers. 3008.