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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Library use: DCL growing faster than the US

Recently there was an article called "Library use grows, but varies by region; Utah among states at top." You can find it here. We compared our own statistics (where DCL=Douglas County Libraries) to those in the report.

  • Visits to DCL increased 65 percent between 2002 and 2006. Nationwide = 10%
  • Circulation, which measures how often library visitors check out print or electronic materials, increased at DCL 74 percent between 2002 and 2006. Nationwide = 9 percent
  • The number of Internet-capable computers increased from 42 to 95 or 126 percent between 2002 and 2006 at DCL. Nationwide = 38%
  • Circulation of children's materials is the highest in Colorado at 3,122,000 and is 48% of our circulation. That outstrips the 42% that is reported as the highest in the country -- Vermont.


Cool, huh?

2 comments:

madelinewrites said...

Although I'm posting this comment a bit after the fact, I just want to say that this is really encouraging to read about, especially when you hear about ridiculous, stupid, hairbrained things like *this* happening:

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2009/09/04/a_library_without_the_books/

Thank you for sharing!

Best wishes,
-Madeline

madelinewrites said...

Whoops, I meant "hare-brained"...don't know how that one slipped by me! :-)