Does Library Use Affect Student Attainment?

Only a few years ago the University of Lincoln was involved in JISC funded ground-breaking research; the results of which suggested that simply visiting an academic library improved final degree classification. Data from over 700 courses using three indicators of library usage (access to e-resources; book loans and access to the library were matched against the student record system and anonymised) suggested that  if someone did not use the library they received lower grades, and a lower degree classification. This research formed part of LIDP TOOLKIT: PHASE 2 (Library Impact Data Project) which set out to explore a number of relationships between undergraduate library usage, attainment and demographic factors. Did you imagine that just visiting the library had such an effect?