The purpose of this study was to examine the patterns of use by the scientists and other users in four libraries of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) located in Lucknow. The study also presents results regarding internet resources used and the problems faced by users. A questionnaire was used to collect data from the Scientists as well as other researchers in CSIR libraries. The investigator received back 150 questionnaires out of 180. A large population among the sample chosen use internet for research purpose. Notably, subject related web sites are highly used. Users, however, are in favour of having some training programmes to equip them more in the use of Internet. Slow speed is a common problem in all Laboratories. This is the first study related to the use of Internet in CSIR libraries of Lucknow. Findings should help CSIR to strengthen the infrastructure and improve the library services. At the larger level, the study could be beneficial for libraries, information centres that are still grapping with the basics of internet particularly in developing countries.
Keywords: Internet; Scientist; Special Library CSIR; CDRI; CIMAP; ITRC; NBRI; Lucknow; Uttar Pradesh; India.
: Mehtab Alam Ansari