January 27, 2022

Canada: Ontario: Hamilton Library Card Holders Have Highest Rates of Library Use in Province

From the CBC:

Hamiltonians with library cards use their library more than card holders in any other major municipality in Ontario.


Annual figures from Hamilton Public Library (HPL) show the city is No. 1 among 49 other libraries, ranging in size from Norfolk County to Toronto, when it comes to circulations per card holder.

Each card holder used it for 41.82 transactions per year in 2014, including digital items. And that high usage is continuing, said George Geczy, chair of the library board, to a city budget meeting Thursday.

The next highest municipality is Ottawa with 38.50 transactions per card holder, followed by Oxford County with 37.94  and Guelph with 37.39.


In-person visits have increased 12.7 per cent in the last year – from 3.50 million visits in 2015 to 3.95 million in 2016. The 2015 number, however, was lower than the year before, when 3.71 million people visited Hamilton libraries.

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