is organized for the best use of its primary customers.
libraries support the recreation, business, and citizenship
needs and reflect the ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic, and other demographic characteristics of their communities.
libraries support the information needs of their employers
(law firms, corporate research & development, hospitals, etc.)
library and media centers support the classroom activities
of elementary and secondary school students.
libraries (undergraduate libraries and the libraries
of small colleges and universities and community colleges) support the
course work of their students, with some collections devoted to research.
libraries are maintained at large research universities
and support both student course work and faculty research. These are typically
the world's largest libraries.
finding sources easier, librarians categorize materials using various characteristics,
such as format (video, book, Web site), source type (reference, fiction),
and subject (engineering, social work, sports). These collections may be
arranged by room, floor, Web page, or building. Explore the sample library sections below (click rooms
for more info).