Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Library usage statistics, 2008, Burkina Faso

Ouagadougou master of numbers SARE Elisee has just sent me the statistics for library usage for the year. A big increase from 2007's 35,000 visits, but not a big increase in subscribers- stuck at about 150 per year per library. Subscribing costs about 50 cents for the year, and gives the opportunity to check books out for home reading. Seems like subscribers are checking out about 10 books a year- one a month roughly. Karaba has a big secondary school student population in nearby Houndé, so that is why their subscriber numbers are so high. Béréba, the oldest and most well-established library, is open more hours andsees very high usage.

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