Subject Scope





As a leading interdisciplinary journal of library research, The Library Quarterly embraces a wide array of original research perspectives, approaches, and quantitative, qualitative, evaluation, analysis, and mixed methods to assess the role of libraries of all types in communities and in society. Through unique and innovative content that positions libraries at the nexus of information, community, and policy, LQ publishes cutting-edge articles, essays, editorials, and reviews that:


Inform by providing insights into the collection of, access to, and dissemination of information; analyzing planning and evaluation of information services, resources, and technologies; and examining the development, education, pedagogy, theory, and practice of the information professions


Enable by investigating the interactions between cultural spaces and users of information; study the impact of information and communication technologies on libraries and their communities; and examining users and information behavior


Equalize by analyzing the multiple uses that diverse groups make of libraries and exploring the roles of information in human rights and social justice discourse


Lead by providing an understanding of libraries as institutions of culture and education; addressing the impacts of information and telecommunication policy on libraries and their communities; describing empirically the value that that libraries contribute to the communities they serve; and promoting discussion and collaboration between the scholarly and practitioner communities.


Across these areas, all content in the journal ties to contemporary issues impacting libraries and librarianship. Through such research, the overarching goal of Library Quarterly is to engage researchers, educators, professionals, and students interested in the roles of the libraries in the lives of individuals, communities, and nations.