There is general agreement that library policies have considerable influence on the use of libraries. Medical school (health science) libraries of this country were surveyed as to their policies in respect to whether faculty and student use were regulated by a single policy, circulation regulations, hours library was accessible to users, accessibility of reserve material, interlibrary loan, policy on overdue material, and exit control.
The libraries were then divided into three groups, high, middle, and low according to the following characteristics: size of student body, size of faculty, size of holdings, size of library staff, annual budget, and annual circulation.
Our findings would indicate that schools falling in a high category based upon these criteria tend to be more restrictive in their policies and to have different regulations for faculty and students than do schools in the low category.
These findings warrant further study.