This quiz is based on Sharon Bostick's Library Anxiety Scale, the most commonly used tool for measuring library anxiety. However, this is a very short, quick version, just four questions long. Taking this quiz may help you determine if you have some library anxiety.
Bostick, Sharon L. (1992). The development and validation of the library anxiety scale. ProQuest Dissertations.
To take the quiz, read the statements below and mark the number that most closely matches your feelings about the statement. The numbers range from:
If you marked all 1's, well, chances are good that you're a librarian or your best friend is a librarian!
Starting research can be stressful enough without adding library anxiety to the mix. If you are unfamiliar with academic libraries or the kinds of books, article-locator tools, and services offered by them, it can be intimidating to even walk in the front door. If you are a student working on an assignment when you first start feeling anxious about using the library, chances are you are also already very busy with coursework, under pressure to make good grades, and still trying to maintain a social life.
Here are some tips that can help you cope with library anxiety so that you can make friends with the library, or at the very least, be able to get in, get out with what you need, and get on with your life.
Please also check the list of local and national mental health and social services resources. The list is comprised of state-funded and non-profit groups, who aim to assist members of the community during times of need.