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Circulation by Item Location
LOCATION 2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015
Regular Collections 7,140 10,203 12,145 8,516 9,120
Government Publications 1 4 1 2 1
Permanent Reserves 243 293 262 253 231
Textbooks / Course Reserves 2,041 2,422 2,691 2,817 1,764
4+ -day Equipment (cameras, tripods, IoT kits, etc.) 1,002 2,435 1,557 492 198
Maps 1 12 3 1 11
Popular Collection 730 848 1,507 1,228 1,174
Display Case of Faculty Publications 8 24 36 16 6
Media Center / Music Media 141 210 192 408 264
Craft Center - Smithville 130 229 243 44 68
4-hour Technology (laptops, chargers/cords, headphones, etc.) 51,526 97,753 107,758 85,615 55,828
Umbrellas 1,850 1,263 590    
TOTALS 64,813 115,696 126,985 99,392 68,665
Circulation by Patron Type
PATRON TYPE 2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015
Undergraduate Student 58,947 106,417 100,906 92,660 62,658
Graduate Student 2,314 3,454 4,364 3,225 1,862
Faculty / Staff 1,754 1,695 2,045 2,025 2,310
Community Patron 970 1,086 1,055 960 1,048
TOTALS  63,985 112,652 108,370 98,870 67,878
These totals do not equal the circulation by item location totals because this table does not include items that circulate through InterLibrary Loan for other libraries.
Circulation by Call Number
(books and media*, all locations, not renewals)
Call Number 2018-2019 2017-2018 2016-2017 2015-2016 2014-2015
A (General Works) 9 10 22 23 43
B (Philosophy, Psychology, Religion) 663 666 713 563 578
C (Auxiliary Sciences of History) 50 36 51 20 57
D (World History) 562 812 952 762 724
E-F (History of the Americas) 535 695 1,293 534 942
G (Geography, Anthropology, Recreation) 260 402 367 255 268
H (Social Sciences) 692 904 1,166 644 841
J (Political Science) 45 87 130 69 79
K (Law) 68 93 166 52 82
L (Education) 406 459 728 418 485
M (Music) 732 1,054 1,221 1,171 1,207
N (Fine Arts) 242 306 321 267 253
P (Language and Literature) 1,332 1,779 2,136 1,830 1,840
Q (Science) 703 1,474 1,449 973 867
R (Medicine) 354 632 528 420 398
S (Agriculture) 142 233 230 246 147
T (Technology) 607 947 1,005 835 849
U (Military Science) 35 65 46 50 45
V (Naval Science) 13 10 11 5 7
Z (Bibliography, Library Science) 74 69 101 54 57
TOTALS 7,524 10,733 12,636 9,191 9,775
*excludes government publications, maps, microforms, TechCheck, popular collection, Craft Center, course and textbook reserves, and archives/special collections

Circulation Notes

2018-2019: Circulation was decreased by approximately 43% this year, mainly due to the drastic reduction in four-hour technology checkouts.  The TechCheck desk moved back under ITS' management and was relocated by the IT Help Desk.  Additionally, circulation was down in almost all call number ranges and every item location except umbrellas, which increased by approximately 600 checkouts.

2017-2018: Total circulation decreased for the first time since laptop checkouts began. Circulation in most areas was the same as last year or decreased with the exception of course reserves, which increased due to additional available textbooks.

2016-2017: Overall circulation increased again, mostly due to laptop checkouts. This was the first full year all student technology checkouts were at the front desk. The four-day equipment increased due to calculators and the newly-added umbrellas. Circulation of the regular collection increased in almost every call number range.

2015-2016: Overall circulation increased dramatically mostly due to technology and laptop circulation that moved to the library front desk. Not only is that service becoming more popular, but since the library front desk took over the service in January 2016, those items circulate every hour the library is open. Previously the TechCheck desk closed early, which limited circulation. Other areas of significant increased circulation were textbook reserves, four-day equipment, and music media. Online renewals more than doubled from last year, again most likely due to the single sign-on to the library account. The decrease in circulations were predominantly from the regular/main collection. As in previous years, undergraduates borrow the most items, but this year the graduate students' borrowing almost doubled as well.

2014-2015: Overall circulation slightly increased again this year mostly due to laptop circulation at the TechCheck desk. Online renewals increased this year, which is most likely due to connecting the library account to the same signin as Tennessee Tech email so patrons no longer need to remember a separate PIN. Circulation of certain areas changed based on library changes: permanent reserves increased because the collection now focuses on test prep books and all new, updated books were ordered; a textbook reserve program was started in Fall 2014; the popular collection now includes DVDs; the Media Center no longer exists; the Craft Center had library software issues so there were months of no statistics. Circulation of non-equipment went down overall mainly due to undergraduate students and faculty. Community borrowers and Tennessee Tech staff increased their checkouts significantly compared to last year.

2013-2014: Overall circulation has again increased compared to the previous year. Although most of that is due to increased circulations at the IT Help Desk, book/media circulation is also up this year (see Circulation by Call Number chart). That is the first increase since 2006. Of the 20 subject areas, 15 of them had increased circulations for this year. Course reserve circulation is also drastically increased this year. The Media Center circulations decreased because the media collection is no longer housed in a separate location but is now incorporated into the "stacks" location.

2012-2013: Overall circulations have increased, but most of that is due to circulations at the IT Help Desk. Overall, circulation of everything except IT help desk items have decreased over the last three years. Online renewals stayed consistent but in Spring 2014 the link to renewing items online was moved to a prominent position on every page of the library website, so that may increase online renewals in the future. 

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