This study compared the preferences of community college (two-year) and four-year college students at two public institutions with regard to accessing monographs in print or electronic formats. Results from 79 completed surveys indicate some preference for print among both populations, with approximately 52% of study participants preferring print books and 39% preferring e-books. While the popularity of print prevailed across a wide range of demographic groups and fields of study, the researchers also identified specific cohorts of participants who preferred e-books. Librarians at both community and senior colleges can use these findings to help inform collection development decisions.
Carey, J., & Pathak, A. (2019). Book Format Preferences of Community College and Four-Year College Students: Results from Two Urban Campuses. Urban Library Journal, 25 (1). Retrieved from https://academicworks.cuny.edu/ulj/vol25/iss1/2