Document Type



Purpose – To explore the interactions between branch libraries and a new main library, in the area of technology equipment and services.

Design/methodology/approach – Following an introduction which highlights the major elements in place at UNLV Libraries for networking and equipment, each branch situation is described and evaluated.

Findings – The advantages of UNLV Libraries' philosophical approach to consistent patron access at all points of service are found to be substantial, and include regular equipment and software upgrades, as well as systems expertise. The major disadvantage proves to be flexibility in approaching patron needs.

Practical implications – Provides a philosophical basis and concrete examples of branch efforts to provide adequate technology and services to their patrons.

Originality/value – Useful to branch librarians making a case for enhanced resources, or discussing possible configurations of responsibility regarding technology equipment and services.


Academic libraries – Case studies; Branch libraries; Case study; Library buildings; Library facilities; Library users


Library and Information Science

Publisher Citation

Brown, J. M., Fabbi, J. L., & Taranto, C. (2005). Branch libraries and technology: Impact of a new main library. Library Hi Tech, 23, 90-101. doi:10.1108/07378830510586739

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