The Library regularly gathers usage statistics of the collection, which can be measured in a variety of ways. Low usage does not necessarily mean low value, and is only one metric that is used when assessing the collection.
The following graphs show a snapshot of usage of some of our resources.
Not surprisingly, our circulation statistics decreased significantly during the pandemic. Interlibrary loans was closed completely at some points during the pandemic (as other libraries were not open to loan out books).
Circulation (Loans & Renewals)
Interlibrary Loans & Views
Print and Electronic Usage
While print reserves were not available and then limited throughout the pandemic, views on our course reserve platform continued to rise.
Electronic usage for many (but not all) electronic resources can be measured using COUNTER-compliant usage statistics. In short, COUNTER is an international initiative of publisher/vendor and library communities who have come up with standards to measure online usage that is consistent and comparable. The Library regularly collects COUNTER-compliant usage statistics on a monthly basis. Not all e-resources are COUNTER-compliant, so the following graphs show usage of some of our bigger-named publishers and vendors.