While libraries nationwide report decreases in circulation, Le Mars reports significant increases.
Total circulation of physical materials at Le Mars has increased 12% from 2018, from 81,360 in 2018 to 92,518 in 2019.
When combined with digital downloads, circulation increased 14% compared to last year, for a total of 103,116.
Size E libraries — libraries having city populations ranging from 5,000 to 9,999 — have reported a decrease in circulation in the past few years, while Le Mars reports the opposite.
Le Mars Public Library submitted these statistics as part of a yearly questionnaire to the State Library of Iowa on October 21st.