A Research on Reading Habits of Hacettepe University and Bilkent University Students


TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP, vol.23, no.1, pp.22-51, 2009 (Journal Indexed in ESCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 23 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2009
  • Title of Journal : TURKISH LIBRARIANSHIP
  • Page Numbers: pp.22-51


Personal reading habits reflect both individual development and reading levels within the society as a whole. Accordingly, it might be expected that university students would constitute group with relatively high reading habits. This study was carried out in order to determine the levels of reading habits among fourth-year students in the Faculty of Medicine at Hacettepe University and in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University, and then to ascertain some additional characteristics of these habits. With this aim, a questionnaire was completed by 104 students from these universities in December 2008. Thus, it was found out that the students from both universities have relatively low levels of reading. Furthermore, students do not read regularly, and they prefer to buy books that they wish to read. Students generally could not read mainly due to insufficient time. Use of the library is not related to the students' reading habits. Keywords : reading habits, university students