Library cardholders and use in Niagara

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Libraries are vital centers of community, learning, information, connection and knowledge exchange.Library use: Public Libraries have a visible physical presence in each municipality as places to meet and access information. Brock University and Niagara College also have libraries.

There were over 228,381 active cardholders across all libraries in Niagara in 2008 and a reported 5,471, 250 visits to regional libraries (2,308,600 in person and 3,162,650 electronically). Electronic visits have continued to rise, and at the same time in-person visits still remain high for each community library.

Table 1.2 Active card holders in Niagara Municipalities

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

West Lincoln

6,785

7,012

7,359

11,746

6,498

5,841

6,373

6,893

Niagara-on-theLake

12,271

12,800

10,877

13,661

5,612

5,498

6,487

7,182

Fort Erie

11,751

24,486

25,872

11,640

19,911

21,884

23,000

24,447

Grimsby

7,710

7,500

7,500

8,381

16,046

17,276

18.000

19,066

Lincoln

7,491

7,663

7,693

17,546

19,469

8,694

10,006

11,112

Pelham

8,592

11,189

10,233

8,453

7,885

8,694

9,329

9,847

Port Colborne

6,594

6,051

9,987

10,538

11,572

10,779

10,249

9,225

Thorold

5,773

5,446

5,262

6,218

5,102

12,040

5,704

5,266

Welland

14,861

14,588

14,612

16,047

12,112

20,113

Nodata

16,114

Niagara Falls

32,182

32,449

33,044

35,994

38,568

32,947

40,914

40,819

St. Catharines

72,016

72,561

73,499

73,148

81,607

85,713

89,538

76,208

http://www.mtc.gov.on.ca/en/libraries/statistics.shtml

Some interesting facts about libraries:

 

  • InOntario, there are 2 public libraries branches for every 3 Tim Horton’s outlets
  • There are over 1093 public branch service locations throughoutOntario
  • Ontarioboasts 67 million visits a year to public libraries
  • Over 92% of Ontarians have access to library services
  • Every day, 13,000 Ontarians get job seeking help at a public library
  • 10,464 employees and 13,938 volunteers work atOntariolibraries
  • 66.5 million visits are made in person to public libraries … more than 3 times the annual attendance at all North American NFL hockey games

 

Source: Ontario Federation of Public Libraries, Annual Report of Public Libraries 2010

 

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