A review of summer activity in the library

| November 9, 2012

Photo used under Creative Commons from drewgeraets.

Feeling nostalgic for open windows and summer breezes? With our first snowstorm of Winter 2012 behind us, the library is a comfortable place to study and stay warm. Fall is usually our busiest semester. Here’s a look at the summer’s circulation, meeting room usage and overall foot traffic at Gottesman:

We had 6,860 total checkouts for May through August, a 16% decrease from Summer 2011. Over 60% of those checkouts were of books from the Main, Juvenile and Curriculum collections, followed by laptops and chargers at 20% and Reserve books at 8%. Items were renewed 3,933 times.

Summer’s most popular room was 308, a 4-person room in the 3rd floor hallway. This is surprising considering that larger rooms are usually in higher demand, but rooms like 308 are great for individual study and small groups. In total, 3,785 meetings, classes and events were scheduled in the library, making up 10,229 hours of room usage, a 5% decrease from Summer 2011. Of those meetings, 305 were special events.

Our patron traffic counters clocked over 150,000 comings and goings with the cafe being busier than the main entrance, implying that those staying in the library for the long haul make multiple cafe visits per day. I know I do!