Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn


Libraries and older people--New Jersey; Regional libraries--New Jersey


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to survey the South County Regional Library's present senior services and plans for future senior services. The library's manager was interviewed for the study as was an administrator from an assisted-living facility and a director from a health and rehabilitation center. The interview questions asked dealt with present services for seniors and future considerations as the number of senior citizens is expected to increase. The public library had a number of services already available. The assisted living facility and health and rehabilitation center had some services. Neither scheduled regular trips to the public library. The manager of the public library felt that her staff did not need training in gerontology and that future services would depend on the number of seniors using the library. The two administrators said that services in the future may be possible on site with technology and a possible on location library were two options.