Posted by: bluesyemre | July 15, 2012

An Analysis of Public Library Trends

  • Canadian Urban Libraries Council members comprise most of Canada’s largest libraries. Here are a few facts about the 35 member libraries and 9 subscribers who have contributed data to this report (figures are averages for 2009):

• They serve a population of 17,589,000 Canadians in urban centres across Canada
• They serve 8,221,000 active borrowers currently registered with library cards
• They operate 609 branch locations, and have total facilities with close to 10,000,000 square feet of floor space, the equivalent of 200 large supermarkets
• They employ over 13,000 staff in full and part-time positions
• They host approximately 108,000,000 in-person visits each year
• They have circulation of about 211,000,000 items each year, including 71,000,000 items for children
• They operate programs for 4,184,000 participants each year, including 2,964,000 children
• They hold approximately 51,000,000 items in their collections

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