Library Visits and Visitors: 2010 in Review

As you walk through the library on a busy day trying to find a computer, do you ever wonder just how many people come to the library? Here are some numbers from 2010.

  • Nearly 39,000 people visited the library a total of 1.6 million times, an average of 41 visits per person.
  • September was the busiest month with 23,304 people coming to the library a total of 202,638 times.
  • June was the quietest month with 12,016 people coming in a total of 66,965 times.
  • More Biology majors came to the library than any other major (but keep in mind that it’s the major with the highest enrollment).
  • Our busiest hour of the day was 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. In second place was 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
line graph showing library visits by hour with peaks at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

This trend line shows typical library traffic by hour.

Have a great semester, and keep these peak times in mind as you plan to visit the library.

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4 Responses to Library Visits and Visitors: 2010 in Review

  1. Pretty cool. So which major had the most library visits per student (to correct for the biology-major bias)? What about grad students — is there a different department that comes out on top in that league?

  2. Jennifer says:

    Good questions, Ben. I’ll work on the numbers and post an update.

  3. Dianne McKenzie says:

    How did you collect the huge amount of data?

  4. Jennifer says:

    Dianne, our affiliates are required to swipe their campus ID cards at turnstiles at the library entrances. The swipes record some demographic data about visitors. Check out this paper for more details.