A survey investigating the reading and information
needs of elderly Punjabis was conducted in
Bradford and Derbyshire. A questionnaire was
prepared which was used as a structured interview.
120 interviews were recorded, 60 from each
authority. This number included Hindus, Moslems
and Sikhs and the generic term 'Punjabi' was used
for these three distinct religious groups. Women
were also included in this survey to see if they
have any different requirements from men. Reading
and information material included print and nonprint
material. This research presents the actual
needs of elderly Punjabis as they perceive them.
A special collection could easily be prepared on
the basis of the material quoted by them in their
interviews which would be helpful for any library
authority with few adaptations according to their
local needs. Social, economic and cultural
factors influencing their reading behaviour and
pattern are also discussed.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University