Science and technology parks and their relationships with university libraries. Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2019


  • 4


  • 24

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1368-1613

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 0959-8928


  • Introduction. This study aimed to identify the relationships between science and technology parks and the libraries working out of the universities with which they are associated.
    Method. Case studies based on a survey were conducted of 137 members of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation, eight-eight libraries in universities with which they are related and five park information units.
    Analysis. The analysis focused on four topics: types of university-park relationships and their particulars; types of information services provided; ways to access information; and characteristics of library-park collaboration.
    Results. The existence of library-park relationships was confirmed, and service accessibility found to be determined by the links between the park and the respective university. The working arrangements concluded by some science and technology parks and libraries attest to the value of inter-institutional collaboration.
    Conclusion. Strengthening science and technology park relations with libraries in associated universities would benefit entrepreneurs. The resulting enhancement of their business projects through information would afford a wide range of opportunities. A broader study covering a larger number of parks, university libraries and incubated companies worldwide would yield the data required to draw up guidelines for providing such companies with the information they need to conduct their business.