OCLC Library Use Statistics

February 15, 2010 § Leave a comment

The OCLC has put up a handful of statistics that give a good indication of the scale on which libraries worldwide operate worldwide. 105,607,800,600 OPAC (online public-access catalog) searches per year translates to 3348.8 searches every second. Distributed across the 1,212,383 libraries worldwide, though, and searches per second goes down to 0.0028 searches per second on average at each library. That’s 362 seconds – about 6 minutes – between searches.

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