On a single day in February 80,616 people walked through the doors of Connecticut libraries. If you do the math, that’s more than 24 million people a year who visit our libraries, big and small. The Ferguson Library in Stamford was one of 136 libraries around the state that participated in Snapshot Day, collecting information on February 18 to capture the impact that libraries have on their communities.
The numbers are impressive:
- 80, 616 people visited Connecticut libraries
- 99, 537 books, movies and other materials were borrowed from our libraries
- 12,982 people used library computers
- 8,960 reference questions were answered
- 113,143 people visited Connecticut library websites
At the Ferguson Library 5,145 visitors borrowed nearly 4,000 books and other materials. 962 people came to the library to use our public computers, and another 1,172 visited us online.
The numbers confirmed what we already knew – that Connecticut’s libraries are busier than ever these days. People come not only to check out books, but use computers, look for a job or attend the many programs our libraries offer. All across the state, libraries are the cornerstones of their communities, places were people come together to visit, learn and share ideas.
The comments submitted by library patrons sum it up best. Here are a few of them:
“There is nothing else in the world like a library.”
“It is a wonderful place for me to bring my grandchildren. The programs are well thought out and amazingly well-organized.”
“I love the library: a special place to learn, relax and enjoy.”
“As a stay-at-home dad in a tough economy, libraries provide a great place for me and my young daughter to enjoy ourselves and learn.”
“I know I can almost always count on finding just the right book in the Children’s Library! Everyone’s so helpful & friendly.”
“My mother is 97 and legally blind – she relies on the taped books available. The interlibrary loans provide new material. The staff is great. They are also very helpful.”
“It’s the best value around town!”
“I’m retired; the Library helps me keep my mind working!”
“During tough economic times, I can have a place to turn to help me find a job and to use the Internet.”
“Our library is the hub of our town – a place to see people, read the bulletin board, and of course check out books and attend lectures.”
“It’s the best local resource for job searching, education and entertainment. Best use of local, state and federal funds…ever!”
“It’s the last truly democratic place in the community – indispensable for everyone, rich and poor alike. The library is the heart of the town!”
Snapshot Day was sponsored by the Connecticut Library Association, the Connecticut State Library, and the Connecticut Library Consortium, and was based on a project of the same name done in New Jersey.