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University of Birjand , leili.seifi@birjand.ac.ir
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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the state of perceived outcomes of public libraries of Tehran province of users in general outcomes and in the areas of education, research and business; everyday activities and cultural, religious and social activities.

Methodology: The study was practical in terms of purpose and descriptive method used for analyzing the data. Data collection was conducted through a survey. Statistical population consisted of 86,000 of library members rated from 15 to 79 ages in foundation of public libraries of Tehran province. The sample of study was ratio stratified sampling method which included 620 members. The research made questionnaire was used for data collection. Its validity was confirmed by professionals in the field of public libraries. Cranach's test (0.97) was implied for reliability measurement.

Findings: The results revealed that the mean scores of perceived outcomes in general (M=2.70, p<0.01) and in three areas of education, research and business were (M=2.79, p<0.01); everyday activities (M=2.60, p<0.01) and cultural, religious and social activities (M=2.71, p<0.01) were lower than mean level. Perceived outcomes of public libraries were significantly different in the three areas. Perceived outcomes in areas of education, research and business (p<0.05; F=3.91) everyday activities (p<0.05; F=2.68); and general outcomes (p<0.05; F=3.16) in terms of usage were significantly different. The relation between perceived outcomes in general (p<0.01, r=0.19) and the areas with age of users were positive and significant. The mean level of perceived outcomes in general (p<0.001; F=6.39) and three areas among users with grading of libraries were significantly different. Mean level of perceived outcomes of married users in general (p<0.000; t=-6.34) and the three areas significantly were higher than unmarried users.

Originality/value: As far as similar researches in this area are concerned, no research was found in the field of perceived outcomes of public libraries in Iran. The present study attempted to assess the public libraries outcomes in various aspects of user's life.

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Type of Study: quantitative | Subject: public services in public libraries
Received: 2017/01/3 | Accepted: 2018/10/25

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