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.