n. An individual who uses the collections and services of a repository; a patron; a reader; a researcher; a searcher. ComputingAn individual with an account on a system. ComputingAn 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.