The newly published Library Review for 2009 has some fascinating facts about us. Did you know that there were 1,391,443 visitors to the Library in academic session 2008/09? This is the equivalent of almost 2.5 times the total population of Glasgow coming in and out of the building in a single year and is an increase of 3% on the previous year. Virtual visits to the Library via our homepage increased by 4% to be 1,430,238, the equivalent of one visitor coming to our web page every 22 seconds, every hour of every day of the year .
Between them these visitors borrowed 861,050 items with 73% being self-issues and 45% being from our Short Loan Collection. As 388,086 loans were made of Short Loan material we’ve produced two new videos on how to use the self-issue and self-return machines in this area which will be loaded onto our YouTube account within the next week. We’ll add a post and link to them when they are live.
The Library was rated top in Scotland with a score of 92% in the National Student Survey, a new cafe and social learning space was developed on level three, a relaunched website and usage of social networking tools saw improvement to and development of our online presence, the university’s participation in the Research Excellence Framework pilot concluded successfully in May 2009, the first 50 years of the University Guardian (the main campus newspaper) was successfully digitised, the Glasgow Incunabula (pre-1500 printed books) Project was launched and an exhibition of the Library’s collection of William Blake works was held at the Petit Palais in Paris.
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