What are we measuring?
This measure tracks the number of items checked out of the library including books, DVDs, audio-books, magazines etc. This figure also includes items checked out virtually, including e-books, e-audio, e-magazines and e-DVDs.
Why are we measuring it?
Circulation is an indicator of library usage, and to a lesser degree collection satisfaction.
How are we doing?
The Fulton County Library System had the lowest overall per capita circulation in comparison to the six national benchmark county library systems for which data were available. The Fulton County Library System circulation also lagged that of the Dekalb County and the Gwinnett County public library systems, the only two regional systems for which data were available.
The large discrepancies in per capita circulation can probably be at least partly explained by differences in funding. Circulation for the national benchmark counties as illustrated in the chart below are generally proportional to the per capita expenditures.
Per capita Circulation for Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System and National benchmark counties, 2018
This chart shows the per capita circulation rates for the Atlanta-Fulton County Public Library System and the seven national benchmark counties with county-wide library systems. Fulton County ranks last in overall circulation.