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On Loan: Library Use in Canada 2021 (A New Report by BookNet Canada)

On Loan: Library Use in Canada 2021 (A New Report by BookNet Canada)

On Loan: Library Use in Canada 2021 (A New Report by BookNet Canada)

“From a BookNet Canada Summary Blog Post:

On Loan: Library Use in Canada 2021 benchmarks library use in Canada by exploring the browsing, borrowing, and reading habits of Canadian library patrons. Comparing data from 2021 with past years, the study also reveals the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on library circulation.

This study incorporates data from our annual publications the Canadian Book Consumer Study 2021 and Canadian Leisure & Reading Study 2021, relying on both published and unreleased data from these consumer surveys.

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Visiting the library

In 2021, 96% of book borrowers reported having a public library branch located near them and 73% of book borrowers visited their local library in person at least once, up significantly from 59% in 2020. All told, 97% of ebook borrowers, 93% of audiobook borrowers, and 77% of print book borrowers visited a public library at least once in 2021. The graph below shows the frequency of in-person library visits for all book borrowers in 2021 and 2020. The highest frequency of in-person library visits in 2021 was one to four times, at 46%.

Frequency of in-person library visits, 2020–2021

 

Bar graph showing the frequency of in-person library visits in 2020 and 2021.

Compared to 50% in 2020, 69% of book borrowers visited their local library online at least once in 2021. Here, print book borrowers were the most frequent online library visitors in 2021 at 94%, compared to 68% of audiobook borrowers and 48% of ebook borrowers. The graph below shows the frequency of online library visits for book borrowers in 2021 and 2020. The majority of Canadian book borrowers visited the library online one to four times in 2021, at 55%.

 Frequency of online library visits, 2020–2021

 

 

Bar graph showing the frequency of online library visits in 2020 and 2021.

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Posted on: August 9, 2022, 6:10 pm Category: Uncategorized

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