You checked out more free digital audiobooks, eBooks, movies, music, comics and television shows from the library this year. Total items circulated from July 2019 to June 2020 (fiscal year 2020) exceeded 27,000. A spike in use began in March when the libraries closed to the public.
The libraries have been trending to a more online presence. Digital items don’t need to be processed or shelved. They can’t be overdue or damaged. So, when the pandemic kept people home, users logged into their remote library. See parkcountylibrary.org/research for details.
Wyoming State Library administers RBDigital for more than 100 Wyoming libraries. Park County saw 18,542 audiobooks and magazines checked out, a 28% increase in fiscal year 2020. However, due to a merger with Overdrive, on Oct. 1 RBDigital will be discontinued. Beginning Sept. 16, all purchased content will be migrated to the Cloud Library.
Unfortunately, there is no platform to host the magazines that were available on RBDigital. WSL will investigate alternatives for supporting this service if the budget allows. Park County users read more than 3000 magazines last year.
Cloud Library checkouts totaled 10,990 in fiscal year 2020. This is a 20% increase over four years. Cloud Library is a WSL audiobook and eBook app.
The Park County Library Foundation, which is directly funded by community support, purchased a Hoopla subscription in June 2019. Checkouts began with three per patron per month. In March, 2020 the limit was increased to five.
Hoopla is a pay per view service. For the purpose of budgeting, Hoopla currently has a $1500 per month cap.
Circulation for fiscal year 2020 totaled 7732 audiobooks, eBooks, movies, music, comics and television shows. Audiobooks were consistently the most popular download. Many people took advantage of Hoopla bonus borrows this spring. Bonus borrows offered items which did not count against the monthly allowance.
The total digital circulation for all three libraries was 37,264 items in fiscal year 2020. Circulation of physical material was 282,400 for the same period.
The librarians have long been on a mission to empower users with the knowledge to get the most out of their devices and to help them successfully download the digital content the library offers. Now, we can do it at a safe distance with screen mirroring software called View Share. Ask us for details.
“Let us know if you need assistance setting up or using any of the digital services. We can often walk you through over the phone or are glad to help in person,” Nicholle Gerharter said. Gerharter manages the Cody Library.