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What is LibQUAL+®?

LibQUAL+® is a suite of services that libraries use to solicit, track, understand, and act upon users' opinions of service quality. These services are offered to the library community by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The program's centerpiece is a rigorously tested Web-based survey bundled with training that helps libraries assess and improve library services... more


In 1999, Fred Heath and Colleen Cook, both then at Texas A&M University, realized that use of "input" variables, such as collection or serials counts, were limited as measures of library service quality... more


Since 2000, more than 1,200 libraries have participated domestically and  internationally, with participating institutions in Africa, Australia, Asia, and Europe... more


Discover the services offered and our new fee structure for periodic participation... more

How will LibQUAL+® benefit your library users?

Library administrators have successfully used LibQUAL+® survey data to identify best practices, analyze deficits, and effectively allocate resources. LibQUAL+® gives your library users a chance to tell you where your services need improvement so you can respond to and better manage their expectations. Institutional data and reports enable you to assess whether your library services are meeting user expectations—and develop services that better meet those expectations.

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A Google™ search on "LibQUAL+" yields approximately 100,000 hits, and more than 50 refereed journal articles have been published on the protocol.

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