The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted higher education, including academic libraries. This paper compares the use of library resources (including interlibrary loan, website and discovery tool pageviews, database use, patron interactions, etc.) at three university libraries before and after the pandemic. The latter part of the 2019 and 2020 spring semesters are the timeframes of focus, although two control timeframes from earlier in those semesters are used to determine how the semesters differed when the coronavirus was not a factor. The institutions experienced similar patterns of use across many metrics.
Publication Source (Journal or Book title)
Information Technology & Libraries (ITAL)
Ruth Sara Connell, Lisa C. Wallis, and David Comeaux, "The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources." Information Technology & Libraries (2021), forthcoming.