Libraries improve quality of life and make the study and research more effective
The National library has coordinated the nation user survey for all library sectors in the years 2008 and 2010. In the last survey there were 13 484 respondents from public libraries and 19325 from the libraries of the instutions of the higher education. Most questions were same for both sectors but some were sector spesific. So the customers of public libraries were asked about the impact of libraries to quality of life and customers of the libraries of the instutions of the higher education were asked about the impact of libraries to the quality of work, study and other activities. The results give a strong signal that use of libraries improve quality of work, study and life (fig. 1.).
Figure 1. The customers estimate that the library has substantially improved the quality of their life. The scale: 1=not at all - 2=a little - 3=substantially