Arts and CultureCirculation of Library Items per Capita
SignificanceLibrary availability is essential for ensuring that thepopulation has the proper resources to read and learn.
Core Indicator• The circulation of items per capita per year demonstrates how easily the population can access libraries in their community and to what extent they are taking advantage of this access.• Note that the data for circulation per capita are only available for libraries that are a member of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC), therefore there are are libraries in some regions that are not included in this data.
Canada’s Major CMAs• In 2010, Montréal had the lowest circulation of library items among Canada’s major CMAs (6.6 items), while the two CMAs in Alberta had the highest circulation (see following chart).• Circulation per capita per year in Edmonton was 17.2 and 15.3 in Calgary, followed by Victoria with 15.2 and Vancouver with 13.2.• The average for all CMAs was 12.0
Number of Library Items Circulated per Capita for Major CMAs, 2010 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 Edmonton Calgary Victoria Vancouver Halifax Kitchener Hamilton Toronto London Ottawa Kingston Winnipeg Montréal Source: Canadian Urban Libraries Council, Public Library Statisticshttp://www.mississauga.ca/file/COM/2010CanadianPublic_LibraryStatistics.pdf
CMA Trends (2000 to 2010)• Within the last decade, the Internet has revolutionized the way people access information, demanding virtual library resources and negating the need to go to the library.• Paradoxically, between 2000 and 2010 almost all the the CMAs saw an increase in library circulation (see following chart).• Kitchener saw the greatest growth (up 3.7 items/capita), followed by Halifax (up 3.0 items).• The only library with a decrease in circulation was Vancouver (down 1.5 items).
Percent Change in Items Circulated per Capita for Major CMAs, 2000-20104.03.02.01.00.0-1.0-2.0 Kitchener Halifax Calgary Kingston Toronto Montréal Hamilton Victoria London Ottawa Vancouver Source: Canadian Urban Libraries Council, Public Library Statistics.