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Is Library Anxiety a Real Phenomenon: A Review


J. M. Shalani Dilinika

University of Kelaniya, LK
About J. M. Shalani
Lecturer, Department of Library and Information Science, Faculty of Social Sciences
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This paper was composed with the objective of engaging in an analytical review of literature related to Library Anxiety in students with special emphasis on academic libraries. This paper extensively covers the spectrums of Library Anxiety theory, scales for measuring Library Anxiety, sources of Library Anxiety, impacts of Library Anxiety on students, and ways and means of reducing Library Anxiety. This analytical review points to the fact that Library Anxiety is a common phenomenon among students that adversely influence their ability to utilize information sources and services which affects their academic performance. Suggestions are also made for strategies to reduce students’ Library Anxiety levels and uplift their self-confidence, thereby helping them to become effective library users who are free from unpleasant and uneasy feelings.
How to Cite: Dilinika, J.M.S., 2023. Is Library Anxiety a Real Phenomenon: A Review. Journal of the University Librarians Association of Sri Lanka, 26(1), pp.1–19. DOI:
Published on 20 Feb 2023.
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