January 27, 2022

New Research Article: “The Value of Academic Libraries: Library Services as a Predictor of Student Retention” (Preprint)

The following approved for publication preprint is scheduled for publication in the September 1, 2016 issue of College and Research Libraries (C&RL).


The Value of Academic libraries: Library Services as a Predictor of Student Retention (Preprint)


Adam Murray
James Madison University

Ashley Ireland
Murray State University

Jana Hackathorn
Murray State University


via C&RL Website


This study examined the predictive relationship between library use by individual students and their retention status in university settings. The methodology builds on a small number of previous studies to examine library use at the individual level in order to determine if use of specific library services is predictive of retention for freshmen and sophomores. Binary logistic regression yielded results which indicate a strong positive predictive relationship between library use of any kind with both freshmen and sophomore retention. These results suggest that academic libraries add value to institutional retention efforts.

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