Survey of American College Students: Use of the Academic Library Cafe

  • ID: 4587509
  • Report
  • Region: North America, United States
  • 65 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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The study presents data from a survey of 1,065 college students about their use of their academic library café.  The study includes data on the percentage of students are aware of the existence of a library café on campus, and who have purchased anything at that café. In addition, it presents detailed info on average spending in the past week in the library café and student evaluation of the quality of food and drink in the library café.  In an open-ended question, it lists suggestions from more than 550 students about what they would like to see in their academic library café.

Data in the report is presented in the aggregate and then broken out separately for fifteen different variables including but not limited to: college grades, gender, income level, year of college standing, SAT/ACT scores, regional origin, age, sexual orientation, race & ethnicity, college major and other personal variables, and by Carnegie class, enrollment size and public/private status of the survey participants institutions of higher education.

Just a few of this 65-page report’s many findings are that:

  • Students raised abroad or in the Northeast were significantly more likely than those raised in the South or Midwest to have ever made a purchase at the library café.
  • Females were somewhat more likely than men to have purchased something at the library café.
  • Among the various subject areas, students in the fine and performing arts had spent the least in the past week in the library café, a mean of just $3.82.
  • Older students were particularly unimpressed and those raised abroad were particularly impressed with the quality of the food and drink in the library café.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Percentage of Students Who Believe that their College or University Library has a Cafe   
Percentage of Students Who had Ever Purchased Anything at their Academic Library Cafe   
Mean, Median and the Range of Spending by Students in the Academic Library Café in the Past Week   
Student Opinion of the Quality of Food & Drink in the Academic Library Cafe   
Student Suggestions for the Library Cafe   

List of Tables

Table 1.1 Does your college library have a cafe?   
Table 1.2 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 1.3 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 1.4 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 1.5 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 1.6 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 1.7 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 1.8 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 1.9 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 1.10 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 1.11 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 1.12 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 1.13 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 1.14 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 1.15 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 1.16 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 1.17 Does your college library have a cafe? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
Table 2.1 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe?   
Table 2.2 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 2.3 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 2.4 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 2.5 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 2.6 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 2.7 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 2.8 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 2.9 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 2.10 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 2.11 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 2.12 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 2.13 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 2.14 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 2.15 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 2.16 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 2.17 Have you ever purchased anything at your college library’s cafe? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
Table 3.1 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service?   
Table 3.2 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 3.3 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 3.4 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 3.5 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 3.6 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 3.7 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 3.8 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 3.9 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 3.10 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 3.11 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 3.12 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 3.13 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 3.14 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 3.15 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 3.16 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 3.17 How much did you spend (in US$) in the past week in your library's cafe, vending machines or other library-based food service? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
Table 4.1 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe?   
Table 4.2 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by age of survey participant   
Table 4.3 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin   
Table 4.4 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out regional origins of the survey participant   
Table 4.5 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by college year class standing   
Table 4.6 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by approximate student family annual income   
Table 4.7 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by degree of religiosity of the survey participant   
Table 4.8 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by type of political beliefs of the survey participant   
Table 4.9 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by college grades of the survey participant   
Table 4.10 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by current or likely college major of the survey participant   
Table 4.11 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by gender of the survey participant   
Table 4.12 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out for students in public or private colleges   
Table 4.13 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by type of domestic housing arrangement of the survey participant   
Table 4.14 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by employment circumstance of the survey participant   
Table 4.15 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by sexual orientation of the survey participant   
Table 4.16 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   
Table 4.17 How would you describe the quality of the food and drink offerings at your library's cafe? Broken out by racial or ethnic identity of the survey participant   
What would you like your library cafe to sell or do that it currently is not selling or doing? Broken out by ACT or SAT scores of the survey participant   

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