Library Anxiety among Undergraduate Students: A Comparative Study on Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Ahmed Maher Khafaga Shehata*, Mohammed Fathy Mahmoud Elgllab

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The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a study of library anxiety among a group of Arab students in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The paper also investigated the factors that affect the students' level of anxiety while using academic libraries. The study tried to compare the difference in the level of anxiety in the two countries using a scale (LLPB) developed by the researchers which fit the culture in the Arab region. The study adopted a mixed methods approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with several students in Saudi Arabia and Egypt to determine the main factors that lead to having a level of anxiety in the libraries. In the second stage, a questionnaire was sent to students to measure what factors have a greater impact on the level of anxiety. The data showed that Egyptian students are more anxious about using the libraries than the Saudi students. The results also indicated that there is a need to train students on how to use the libraries and also change students' perception regarding the library to reduce the level of anxiety. This study was conducted in Egypt and Saudi Arabia the level of library anxiety and the factors that may affect the students may vary in other countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-393
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019


  • Academic libraries
  • Anxiety scale
  • Libraries in Egypt
  • Libraries in Saudi Arabia
  • Library anxiety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences


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