"Having some good statistics is valuable. We talked about holdings versus circulation. We showed that our circulation was growing, but our holdings were not [due to financial constraints]" - Judi Smith, Board President, East Fishkill Community Library

Assembling a few meaningful statistics helps build credibility for your library's campaign. Here are a few suggestions and resources:

  • One of the best approaches is to use statistics to demonstrate a growth in demand within your community. Perhaps it's increased use of DVD's, notable checkouts of best-sellers, or increased attendance at children's programs. Some primary areas to look at in the annual report include increased circulation, visits, checkouts, computer usage and program attendance.

  • You may also want to show how your library ranks below others financially, if this is the case.

  • See how other libraries have used statistics:
  • Find statistics:

This toolkit was created on behalf of the 2005-2007 Getting to Yes (GTY) project. GTY is funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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