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Trends in Library Reporting Data

Results of the data reported by NWLS libraries to the state this year show consistent trends that follow what we have seen for a few years. Overall, from 2014 to 2015, circulation saw a slight drop and resource haring has fallen slightly as well. Operating revenues and materials expenditures (directly related to the items added to library collections) increased. Programs offered dipped from the previous year; however attendance at those programs rose slightly. The number of new registered borrowers fell but some purging of outdated records accounts for this drop. Some libraries reported an increase in hours and staffing. The demand for electronic resources has continued rising, especially for electronic books. 2015 also saw a dramatic (34%) increase in search activity for the Ancestry genealogical database subscribed by NWLS.


The information below provides a quick comparison of system-wide data from 2014 to 2015.

  • Registered borrowers fell 6% 
  • Circulation fell 4% 
  • Interlibrary loans fell 3% 
  • Interlibrary borrows fell 3% 
  • Public programs held fell 9% 
  • Public program attendance rose 8%
  • The number of public Internet workstations remained the same
  • Internet use fell 3% (note: several libraries reported no data)
  • Electronic media usage nearly doubled from the previous year
  • New electronic media users fell 19%
  • Total library funding increased 3%
  • Materials expenditures increased 7%
  • Total items added increased 3%