For these 337 libraries, uses of e-content in 2014 was 36.7% higher than 2013, compared to 73% from 2012 to 2013 and 273% from 2011 to 2012. Increases in the use of e-content appear to be leveling off.
How do uses of e-content compare to circulation of physical materials? Pre-fill data includes both total circulation and e-content uses for 282 libraries. For these 282 libraries, circulation continues to decrease and uses of e-content continue to grow. Combining the two types of data, however, does not offset the decrease in physical circulation.
Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team