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Total number of library materials borrowed

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This measure reflects the number of items customers checked out from the library collection of materials (books, movies, music, etc.). The trend for this measure is important in guiding management decisions on policy and allocation of resources, such as funding for new materials and formats, e.g., providing more options in electronic downloads.


Data Source: Data is reported in routinely scheduled monthly reports generated by the library's Polaris software.

Overall, library circulation of materials increased by 1.9%  There was a decrease of 1.4% in total number of physical print materials borrowed in FY2019 compared to the prior year. Use of electronic materials through download access continues to increase.  The increase over the previous year was approximately 22.4% . This is an indicator that electronic materials continue to increase in popularity among library users.  In April the Library also increased the number of service hours open to the public, and libraries are now all open on the same schedule across the city.