A Comparative Analysis on Ergonomics of University Libraries: A Case Study


ABSTRACT Libraries provide learning, study, and research environments for their users. For libraries, the issue of suitability for the physical, anatomical, and psychosocial needs of users is crucial. Through on-site investigations and surveys, we investigated library units at two universities in the context of ergonomics to see to what extent they are suitable for the user's physical and psycho-social needs. Library A is a library building on a campus and Library B is a library unit is in a multi-purpose campus building. On-site investigations and survey results showed that both university libraries could not provide the optimum library conditions for the users. Regression model for Library A showed improvement on equipment and space can increase satisfaction by 35%. Regression model for Library B showed improvement on space can increase satisfaction by 44%. Library A, achieved more successful results in terms of user satisfaction compared to Library B. This paper discusses the importance of taking user expectations into account in libraries, regardless of the type of library or concepts used. Attention should be paid to the concept of ergonomics in library units in order to meet user needs, increase efficiency in research and learning activities, and create a healthy and safe environment.