Libraries are usually more about words than numbers, although we do have the Dewey Decimal system!
I recently came across some statistics that claim to represent the global scope of library activity. I suspect that is hard to prove, but the numbers are interesting and fun to ponder nevertheless:
- 1,212,383 – libraries worldwide
- 166,041,975,140 – library transactions per year
- 18,954,563 – library transactions per day
- 5,265 – library transactions per second
- 1,596,270,108 – internet users worldwide
- 3,673,000,000 – internet searches per day, many from libraries, of course!
- 12,582,962 – number of print books published in the US since 1923
KPL statistics might not sound quite as impressive, but they reflect a strong increase over this time last year:
- 24% - increase in circulation of print and non-print materials
- 52% - increase in computer use
- 56% - increase in use of WiFi
Come visit soon and we’ll add the books you check out and your computer use to our statistics. We might be on course for a record breaking year.
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