CERM PI's Library Surveys are a powerful tool that quantify the role and significance of libraries to local communities. They measure the quality of service and satisfaction customers have with their libraries, and the benefits they experience from attending such as connectiveness and wellbeing.  Similar to our Customer Service Quality survey, the library survey measures customers’ expectations compared to their perceptions of the library's actual performance in a range of dimensions such as: resources, programs and events, staff responsiveness, facility cleanliness, patron behaviour and social impacts. Any identified gaps between expectations and performance are opportunities to target specific areas to raise the overall service delivery and impact of the library service.

We employ a relatively standardised survey across libraries to allow for benchmarking criteria to be developed. However, we can also cater surveys to the specific needs of our partners. For instance some councils not only consider the experiences of their current users but also broaden their research scope by including the perspectives of non-current users. We facilitate this by tailoring surveys and organising focus groups to gain deeper insights and understanding. Additionally, we provide extra support to councils that require assistance with forward-looking strategic planning and decision-making, which includes services like document and policy analysis and strategic consultation.

How it works

Survey shared with customers

Customers complete an online questionnaire answering a set of pre-programmed questions relating to their experiences of service quality and social impact at your facility. This questionnaire can be accessed via a smartphone or a computer at home or at the library. We also provide paper copies for any customers preferring to participate this way. View sample survey.

Survey open for optimal time period with real-time tracking 

The survey remains open for an agreed period to obtain the optimal number of respondents. Should you experience any shortfalls we work with each partner, implementing strategies, to ensure the best result. 

Data is analysed and Library is provided with a report

At survey completion we analyse the data and compile a detailed report outlining your customers’ perceptions of service quality and social impact at your facility which includes an indication of how your facility is performing against others in similar operating environments.

View single library sample report.

View library service (including multiple libraries) sample report.


A new approach to council facility research for CERM PI, Theatre Audience Service Quality (TASQ) research, is led by an expert and experienced team including Prof. Ruth Rentschler and Dr. Boram Lee. Expanding upon their research that has explored audience development, TASQ projects can be approached in diverse contexts and methodological ways. For instance, utilising surveys, policy analysis, and/or focus groups, TASQs can assist in building an understanding of the demands from the audiences’ of the theatre services from a multicultural, gender and LGBTQIA+, and disability perspective in metropolitan, regional, and shire theatres.

Hear what our clients had to say

"Working with Olly and CERM PI, UniSA Business has been great. Good initial meetings determining requirements and timeline. Was very responsive and open to making adjustments to satisfaction survey during the planning phase. The outputted report is a great piece of work that clearly showed in which areas we were performing and what needed improvement. This was very timely for our Library to plan our goals and to continue to build our services to meet needs of the community"

Jack Britton

Customer Experience Manager

Strathfield Council 



UniSA Confidentiality Statement

In accordance with University requirements, data will be managed in a confidential manner, stored according to UniSA's confidentiality and ethics protocols, accessible only to members of the research team for a minimum of 5 years. All data remains strictly confidential throughout the processes. No facility’s performance data is identified during the benchmarking process.