May 25, 2022

Calgary Library System Sets Borrowing Record

From the Calgary Herald:

The Calgary Public Library set a borrowing record in 2011, making it the sixth-busiest municipal library system in North America, behind only Toronto, three New York City libraries and Los Angeles.

Borrowing in 2011 was up more than a half million from the previous year. A record 17 million items were borrowed by library cardholders, including 322,000 e-books for use on tablets and e-readers.


E-books are still only a tiny portion of all the things we lend,” [Grant] Kaiser, [a library spokesperson] said. “At the end of the day, people love books. E-books are fantastic for convenience, but the good old book will be around for a long time to come.”

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See Also: Toronto: World’s Busiest Urban Public Library System Gets Busier (January 13, 2012)


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