Library Use on Snapshot Day

Oct 11, 2019

Patrons at Natrona County Library on Wyoming Snapshot Day.

Wyoming libraries are busy, serving their communities day in and day out. Our Snapshot Day tally tells the story of how our libraries are used, both physically and electronically. On just one day,  Tuesday, October 8, 2019, Wyoming’s public and community college libraries:

  • Circulated 14,126 items, including 5,544 children’s items
  • Saw 6,163 downloads and renewals of ebooks, downloadable audiobooks, and digital magazines
  • Issued 278 new library cards
  • Added 839 items to their catalogs
  • Had over 3.43 million items available to Wyoming’s residents in their collections
  • Provided 904 patron computers at public library outlets

From data collected annually by the Wyoming State Library, we estimate that on an average day, there are:

  • 9,147 visits to public libraries
  • 1,600 people using a public library computer
  • 1,077 reference questions answered in public libraries
  • 836 children and teens who attended programs at their public libraries
  • 43 meeting room uses
  • 797 wireless internet sessions
  • 7,603 retrievals of information from WYLD databases

The 78 electronic resources offer articles, ebooks, scholarly sources, downloadable audiobooks, courses and tutorials, and much more. These are available to every Wyoming resident, 24 hours a day. On October 8, there were:

  • 4,000 WYLDCat sessions, nearly 30,000 searches, and 3,488 unique users.
  • 532 RBDigital Audiobook checkouts and 202 RBDigital magazine checkouts
  • 288 Cloudlibrary checkouts
  • 855 Chadwyck-Healey Literature Collections sessions
  • 30 sessions and 38 document views (of 18 unique reports) in CQ Researcher
  • 478 visitors to Culturegrams (between October 7 and October 8)
  • 273 sessions and 1,148 queries to Encyclopedia Britannica Online (all versions)
  • 2,102 sessions, 5,554 searches and 1,026 retrievals in Gale
  • eight logins to Pronunciator, a language-learning resource

In addition, there were 1,350 hits to the GoWYLD Portal page from 486 unique users, and 468 views of the subject guides.

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