Library use is up in Mesa County |

Library use is up in Mesa County

More people than ever are using the public library.

Mesa County Libraries experienced a record number of checkouts and renewals in 2013, despite the central library’s three-week closure in June.

Circulation refers to the total number of items checked out or renewed, and in 2013 that number was 1.397 million for the county-wide library system, according to a library news release. The previous record was in 2011, with a circulation of 1.392 million. The 2013 circulation number is a 2.8 percent increase over 2012.

Library officials said the increase in circulation is remarkable considering the central library was closed for three weeks during its peak season for library users. During the renovation period, the central library was housed in a temporary location for the last half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. The central library was closed June 1-19, while furniture, equipment and materials were returned to the newly renovated library.

The new library has attracted more patrons than prior to the remodel and expansion.

According to the news release, central library visitation has increased by about 100, or about 1,600 visits per day.

Here are other numbers provided by the library regarding use in 2013:

• The number of library cardholders increased 3,8 percent to 77,011.

• Event attendance increased almost 11 percent, mainly because of a strong event line-up at branches and the new community room at the central library. Popular topics have included travel, movies, computer classes, and events for young children.

• Use of wireless Internet connections at libraries more than doubled from 2012, reflecting the increasing popularity of smartphones, notebook computers, and other wireless devices.

• Volunteers donated 16,702 hours with Mesa County Libraries, a 7.6 percent increase.

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