From BookNet Canada:
At a glance, we found that from 2018 through mid-2020, the percentage of borrowers has lowered 1% each year; going from 28% in 2018 to 26% in the first half of 2020. In comparison, the percentage of buyers has slightly increased from 21% in 2018 to 24% in 2019 before falling slightly to 22% so far in 2020.
When we surveyed 6,244 Canadians about their borrowing and buying habits during 2019 we found that:
26% borrowed at least one book;
22% bought at least one book (36% of those buyers also borrowed a book); and
8% both borrowed and bought books.
Book buyers who visited the library at least once in the last month bought an average of 3.4 books which is more than what buyers who hadn’t visited the library bought in the last month (2.6 books).