Circulation jumps to new record, 1976
County Library's Circulation Jump Sets New Record
Stimulated by the opening of the new LaVale Library last September, the Allegany County Library system established a new circulation record of 538,329 volumes in the fiscal year which ended June 30, according to Robert L. Neal, director.
The 1975-76 fiscal year circulation is 58,794 over last year's total of 479,535, the previous high.
The new LaVale Library accounted for most of the circulation increase. It was in operation for nine months of the just ended fiscal year and circulated 83,379 books, up 56,400 over the previous year.
New circulation records also were achieved by the Frostburg, South Cumberland and Westernport libraries. Frostburg, at 72,209, was up 6,826 from the past year's 65,383. The South Cumberland total of 69,575 was 3,271 more than the previous year's 66,304. Westernport's circulation was up 1,301, from last :year's 62,611 to 63,912.
Both the main library opposite the Court House and the bookmobile were off in circulation in the year which ended June 30. The main library was still the leader at 168,381 but that was a drop of 4,000 books from the previous year's 172,381. The bookmobile dropped 5,004 from 85,877 to 80,873, placing it below the LaVale circulation.
The LaVale branch increase from 26,979 to 83,379 was a whopping 209.05 per cent hike.
Mr. Neal also reported that more requests were sent on teletype to the Western Maryland Regional Library and Enoch Pratt in Baltimore for books, films and periodicals than ever; before. The total of 8,366 was 1,961 or nearly 31 per cent more than 6,405 last year. j
The reason for this outstanding progress in the: county's libraries, ac cording to Mr. Neal, is the splendid support that we have received from the general public, the news media and the schools.
Mr. Neal's report did show that Sunday circulation in the main library; was off 6.51 per cent from 12,906 last year to 12,066.
The report also listed total circulation for the system* for the last eight fiscal: years: In most years the circulation moved upwards The totals;
1968-69, 392,303; 1969-70, 434,261; 1970-71, 445,399; 1971-72, 461,973; 1972-73, 432,370; 1973-74, 437,343; 1974-75, 479,535; and 1975-76. 538,329.
Cumberland Evening Times
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