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n. ~ 1. An individual who uses the collections and services of a repository; a patron; a reader; a researcher; a searcher. - 2. Computing · An individual with an account on a system. - 3. Computing · An individual who is the consumer of an application, utilizing it to perform some function, as distinguished from the programmer who created the application.


Patron, reader, researcher, and searcher typically connote a user1 who is not a member of the repository staff. Different words may be used to describe a user, especially one using nontextual formats; for example, listener or viewer.