Library Use on Snapshot Day

Nov 4, 2021

Three children wearing backpacks and selecting books from library shelves. Middle child is a girl who is looking back at the camera.

La Barge Branch Library on Snapshot Day 2021.

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.

WYLD Libraries

On Snapshot Day, Wednesday, October 26, 2021, Wyoming’s more than 100 WYLD libraries:

  • Circulated 12,233 items, including 5,985 children’s items
  • Issued 95 new library cards
  • Added 781 items to their catalogs
  • Made 3,159,061 items available to Wyoming’s residents in their collections
  • Saw the library catalog (WYLDCat) used for 2,857 sessions and 14,166 searches by 2,156 unique users

WYLD includes all Wyoming public and community college libraries as well as many school and special libraries.

Public Libraries

In public libraries, from data collected annually by the Wyoming State Library, we estimate that on an average day, there are:

  • 6,982 visits to public libraries
  • 1,218 people using a public library computer
  • 996 reference questions answered in public libraries
  • 695 children and teens who attended programs at their public libraries
  • 39 meeting room uses
  • 729 wireless internet sessions
  • 7,860 retrievals of information from WYLD databases

The electronic resources offer articles, e-books, e-audiobooks, scholarly sources, courses and tutorials, and much more. These are available to every Wyoming resident, 24 hours a day. On October 26, there were:

  • 1,465 views of the home page views from 580 users
  • 483 visits to the A to Z databases list and 477 views of the GoWYLD LibGuides — 76 different guides were accessed
  • 1,151 e-audiobook and 1,118 e-book digital checkouts from the OverDrive Wyoming Virtual Library.
  • 1,276 sessions, 6,369 queries in Britannica
  • 2 unique report views in CQ Researcher
  • 3,406 sessions, 4,217 searches, and 1,978 retrievals in the Gale Databases
  • 12 logins to Pronunciator
  • 659 searches across all Proquest Databases
  • 8 hours of LinkedIn Learning content viewed by 13 people who accessed 25 different courses using 146 videos
  • 2021:
  • 161 visits from 109 unique visitors to

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