Library Use in Niagara

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Increased opportunities to visit the library in-person or with a “virtual” online visit enhances a public’s exposure to arts, heritage and culture. Niagara has a wide array of libraries, ranging from small community run facilities to much larger branches.

Most notably, in 2004-2005, the provincial libraries reported a decrease of -2.46% in Active Library Card Holders (those that had been used within a 2 year period) while Niagara had an increase in Card Holders, up by 1.05%.
 
Collectively, there were over 224,382 active cardholders in Niagara in 2005 (175,000 in Waterloo). In Niagara, in 2005 there were 4,642,870 visits to the library which included both physical and online or “virtual visits” (up by 1.05%). The largest jump from the previous year (2,789,600 visits) was in the number of electronic visits, which rose significantly from 615,800 in 2004 to 2,518,070 in 2006. In-person visits however, only dropped slightly even with the increase in access electronically, with 2,173,800 in-person visits in 2004 vs. 2,124,800 in 2005.

 

Table 2 Visits to the Library in Niagara Municipalities

               

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

West Lincoln

6,785

7,012

7,359

11,746

6,498

Niagara-on-the Lake

12,271

12,800

10,877

13,661

5,612

Fort Erie

11,751

24,486

25,872

11,640

19,911

Grimsby

7,710

7,500

7,500

8,381

16,046

Lincoln

7,491

7,663

7,693

17,546

19,469

Pelham

8,592

11,189

10,233

8,453

7,885

Port Colborne

6,594

6,051

9,987

10,538

11,572

Thorold

5,773

5,446

5,262

6,218

5,102

Welland

14,861

14,588

14,612

16,047

12,112

Niagara Falls

32,182

32,449

33,044

35,994

38,568

St. Catharines

72,016

72,561

73,499

73,148

81,607

 

Source: Ministry of Culture Report: http://www.culture.gov.on.ca

 
 

 

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