The impact of public library closures during COVID

Group members: Philip Hider, Jane Garner, Simon Wakeling, Hamid Jamali

Although public libraries have done their best to support their communities despite needing to close their physical doors at some points during the COVID pandemic, anecdotal evidence suggested that many users still missed visiting the physical spaces. This project, funded by the State Library of New South Wales, surveyed over 1,200 public library users to gauge the extent and reasons why people missed visiting their local libraries.

The resulting project report can be downloaded here, while a more detailed paper has been accepted for publication in Public Library Quarterly.

Contact: Dr Philip Hider


Phone: (02) 6933 2522