(26 Sep 2022) Korea news – The number of library books taken out by students at major national universities across the country last year was reduced by half compared to four years earlier due to the growing preference for e-books and lack of library access during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The number of loaned library books at universities across the country is gradually declining. According to the 2021 University Library Study Analysis issued by the Ministry of Education and the Korea Education and Research Information Service (KERIS), the number of books loaned per student in 2020 was 2.3, which is only half the number of 4.6 books in 2017. “Many students opt for e-books whose contents have become increasingly diverse. Also, students prefer diverse media channels over paper books as the information can be obtained faster,” said the KERIS.
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