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SNAPSHOT: A Day in the Life of the Washington State Library

Local author Kevin O'Brien spoke at Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.

Local author Kevin O’Brien spoke at the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library for Library Snapshot Day.

On Thursday, April 18, 2013 the Washington State Library participated in Washington Library Snapshot Day–a statewide effort to promote the important work libraries do every day. We collected usage statistics, customer comments, and photographs depicting everyday activities at the Washington State Library, its 17 branches, and the Washington Talking Book and Braille Library.

On Library Snapshot Day, the Washington State Library, including its branches throughout the state:

  • Was open for business for a total of 77.5 hours.
  • Answered 509 reference questions.
  • Was visited by 841 patrons (in-person).
  • Received 1,151 unique visitors to its website.
  • Circulated 3,453 items.
  • Provided 72 individual sessions to persons needing to use computers or access the Internet.
  • Mailed out 77 items for interlibrary loan.
WSL Special Collections Librarian Sean Lanksbury, shows a new collection of Washington fruit box labels to Assistant Secretary of State, Ken Raske.

WSL Special Collections Librarian Sean Lanksbury shows a new collection of Washington fruit box labels to Assistant Secretary of State, Ken Raske.

A few more numbers:

All in a day’s work!

For more great snapshots of life at the Washington State Library, click here.



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