Utilizations and users of a University library : evaluation of three inquiries

During the last three years, the public of the Nanterre University library answered to annual inquiries realized through polls. Completing the results obtained from statistics and indicator-boards, those inquiries are directed to estimate the real public of the library and to determine orientations and priorities, first of all in fact of acquisitions, communication and signalling. Those inquiries allow to verify constants such as the homogeneousness of the public, the reasons why one attends the library and a regular progress of the public ; they also permit to establish a very clear difference in attending the library according to chosen disciplines. Questions about the reasons of non-attending the library and about students' practices in matter of buying books and periodicals make richer the 1989 questionary.