Hello fellow ILL-ers!
Here are some pretty exciting stats to make you feel good!
Way to go, Wyoming!
Last week I posted stats about ILL activity by state along with a couple
stats about ILL activity between states. I received a request to look at
the same statistics but by factoring in state population data.
So, this week I’m following up with ILL activity per capita by state. The
timeline is 2022 so far and the population data was based on US Census
Bureau data from 2021.
The results are surprising!
If you remember from last week, the top borrowers/lenders for May 2022 were
Illinois, California, New York, and Texas.
These charts are looking at ILL activity (lends & borrows) while factoring
in state populations. The numbers on the left side of the graph indicate
the number of lends/borrows per capita.
A few highlights:
No. 1 in borrowing and lending. The District of Columbia was number
one for both lends and borrows. With the highest population density of
10,980 people per square mile, Washington D.C. was sure to be at the top.
No. 2 in borrowing. North Dakota was the second highest borrowing
*No. 2 in lending. *Wyoming was the second highest lending state
No. 3 in borrowing and lending. Vermont was third for both lends and
borrows per capita.
I was surprised to see states like Wyoming, Vermont, and North Dakota make
their way to the top of the list. Wyoming only has 6 people per square
mile, but, because of the 16,700 requests that were sent to Wyoming
libraries, they are the second lender per capita.
North Dakota has 11 people per square mile. Yet, the 12,000 requests that
they have sent out has led to them being the second largest borrower per
capita. Vermont is in a similar boat with a small population but a large
enough number of requests to bump them to third in borrowing and lending
What other stats are you interested in? Let me know!
Brian Shupp, OCLC Resource Sharing Intern
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