Research papers (submitted to date – 28th October 2022)

McMenemy, D., Robinson, E. and Ruthven, I. (2022) The impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on public libraries in the UK: findings from a national study Public Library Quarterly. [Early Online – 28th March 2022]

Robinson, E., Ruthven, I. and McMenemy, D.  (2022) Delivering services in the new normal: recording the experiences of UK public library staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. [Early Online – 9th May 2022]

Ruthven, I., Robinson, E., and McMenemy, D. (2022) The value of digital and physical library services in UK public libraries and why they are not interchangeable. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science. [Early Online – 4th October 2022]

Podcast appearance

Pandemic and Beyond Episode 23: Libraries in Lockdown – 9th July 2022

Press releases

Digital services “are no substitute” for traditional libraries – 30th January 2022

Newspaper articles

Support our Libraries: More than half of adults believe digital services are ‘no substitute’ for traditional libraries study findsScotland on Sunday. 30th January 2022 p.18

Digital services ‘no substitute’ for real libraries, poll findsThe National. 31st January 2022.


Robinson, E., McMenemy, D. and Ruthven, I. (2021) Downloading the New Normal: Exploring Public Library Digital Service Use During COVID: Some Preliminary Findings from Scottish Data. CILIPS Annual Conference 2021 (CILIPS 2021), 07-08 Jun 2021.

Robinson, E., McMenemy, D. and Ruthven, I. (2021) E-lending vs. physical lending during COVID. Data prepared for meeting of the Arts Council English Public Libraries Stakeholder Working Group – 08/11/2021

Robinson, E., McMenemy, D. and Ruthven, I. (2021) Public library digital service use during COVID. Presentation given to Strathclyde Centre for Internet Law & Policy Research Group. 2nd July 2021.