At the beginning of the last fiscal year, Dean of University Libraries, Dr. Arthur W. Hafner, set a goal of one and one-half million visits for the University Libraries. It seemed ambitious because the Libraries would have to continue to attract current visitors in addition to attracting new visitors.
The University Libraries finished the fiscal year ending in June with 1,536,273 visits as counted by our turnstiles, an increase of 5.5% over the preceding fiscal period. Our daily average attendance was 4,328 visits for each of the 355 days open.
“The success for increasing the University Libraries’ number of visits is due to the expanded programs, enriched services, and quality collections that are provided and managed by our professional and paraprofessional personnel. I congratulate each of them,” said Dr. Hafner.
According to the Dean, to attract repeat visits, the University Libraries’ personnel realized that programs, services, and collections had to be of high value so that students and faculty would view the Libraries as a destination offering services they wanted and needed for their academic success.
Key high value services are
- Comfortable environment offering group and individual seating for studying and learning
- Librarians to help students with research papers
- Best and most current technology and software for investigation and exploration
- Collections of print and digital resources
- Hours that meet students’ needs – open until 3 a.m. five days a week
The University Libraries’ personnel look forward to surpassing this turnstile count in the new academic year. Visit the University Libraries to check us out!