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The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of establishing retail book outlets within public libraries in Taichung. The aspects of the study include a survey of the historical development of both libraries and bookstores domestically, the experience of retail book outlets in libraries abroad, domestic law pertaining to the establishment of retail outlets in public libraries, the opinions of domestic library managers, and finally the opinions of domestic readers. The study employs both a questionnaire and personal interviews. Questionnaires were distributed to visitors at ten public libraries and to customers at ten private books stores, all located in the Taichung metropolitan area. The questionnaires surveyed respondents on their library use and bookstore patronage as well as whether they would patronize a bookstore located within a public library. The interviews were conducted with public library directors to learn whether they thought establishment of retail book outlets at public libraries was feasible and/or desirable. The results of research are included as follow: 1) setting bookstores within public libraries is available by law; 2) setting bookstores within public libraries has many benefits; 3) both readers and libraries’ directors have the same agreement with the cases of other foreign countries; 4) most of the readers in Taichung expect deeply to set bookstores within public libraries; 5) most of the directors of public libraries are willing on the program; 6) the program still has some difficult problem; 7) although with bookstores in public libraries is available strategy, the public libraries should handle their main business seriously. Based on an analysis of the information collected, it is recommended that: 1) there is an available management model for reference when establish bookstores within pubic libraries in the future; 2) the district public libraries in Taichung could set up their own web page as soon as possible; 3) the public libraries should actively learn the ways of bookstore management and seek the chances of cooperation with bookstores; 4) the public libraries could organize the “Library Friends” and set up the foundation of non-profit corporate body; 5) the access of the book donation can be open and formalized, to encourage the people to give away books.
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