Library usage exceeds average

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Survey> Patrons give LA county system high marks

By Arin McKenna

Library Board Chair Thad Hahn’s annual report to the Los Alamos County Council during this month’s work session indicates continuing satisfaction with the county’s library services.

One of the most impressive statistics was that the average circulation per borrower was 28 items, totaling 415,305 items checked out of county libraries in the past year.

That puts Los Alamos well above the national average for circulation. The American Library Association’s State of America’s Libraries suggests that, on average, libraries circulate 8.3 items per capita. Los Alamos averages 24 items per capita.

In addition to circulation, the libraries had 315,837 visits, 23,694 reference transactions, 16,902 attendees at library programs and 34,034 uses of public Internet computers.

Of the 420 residents responding to the 2012 Los Alamos County Customer Survey, 88 percent had used the library, and more than 45 percent had used it more than a dozen times.

That survey also recorded a high level of satisfaction with services.

Respondents rated the overall quality of the library at 3.7 on a four-point scale. Eighty-nine percent of respondents rated the service as excellent (64 percent) or good (25 percent).

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