Public Library Reservations


  • Seppo Suominen Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences


Public library borrowing, Reservations, Cobweb Model, Helsinki Region, Author’s Record of Accomplishment, Critics


Sometimes public libraries do not have enough books to satisfy the borrowing demand. Customers need to wait until they will receive to novel. The number of novel reservations is related author’s record of accomplishment. A cobweb model is used to evaluate the number of reservations. The empirical results indicate that author’s record has an impact on reservations. A novel by a rather experienced author with a longer list of publications has a minor reservation list since the librarian is able to purchase enough novels to satisfy the borrowing demand. Public awareness in terms of critics published in newspapers or weekly magazines has an impact on the reservation queue.




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