Books or Computers? Why Choose?

If you think computers are threatening the survival of public libraries, you probably haven’t stopped in a Knox County Public Library lately. Public computer use is in full swing there, along with summer computer classes on topics such as “Internet and E-Mail Basics” (Lawson McGhee, 5:30 p.m., August 10), and loads of audiobooks are being downloaded every day. Here are some of the figures from the past month and last year:

KCPL’s 254 public computers were used 437,060 times in 2009, which works out to each public computer being employed 2.5 times per hour

KCPL databases were accessed 343,000 times last year, or 6,596 times each week

2,337 audiobooks were downloaded from knoxlib.org last month—a number that’s only bound to increase with the addition of this summer’s Walk and Read audiobook/exercise program, which runs through Aug. 28

To register for computer classes call 215-8700; register for the Walk and Read Club through blogs.knoxlib.org/walk_read.

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Comments » 1

library43friend writes:

Thank you for highlighting all the many ways the library is helpful to the citizens of Knoxville. Just the other day, one of the research librarains helped me with information to fill out an insurance claim. We need to know how important the library is to this area. If you're downtown, drop in to Lawson McGhee and see all the terrific programs you may be missing. A friendly librarian will be delighted to show you around. If you're in the mood for bargain, stop by Friends of the Library Used Book Store on your left just before you exit. You'll be pleasantly surprised.

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