2020 In Review

2020 was a year of tremendous upheaval, and it prompted rapid change and growth for Palliser library. Among the biggest changes was our addition of several new online services and our social media presence. In March, Palliser opened the Digital Academy, full of beginner and intermediate tutorials on a wide variety of topics including technology, social media, and the library's online resources. We also stepped up our online presence to bring you up-to-date news and information on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It's never been so easy to get plugged in to all that Palliser has to offer.

Understandably, programming saw a decrease in 2020 due to the necessary closures. However, our amazing branch staff got creative and offered various online programs and take home kits in line with Saskatchewan Health guidelines, so we could all connect and support one another safely!

This year, we've also seen a trend in library card usage. It's become more common for households to use only one card when checking out materials, rather than checking out materials on separate cards. This is partially due to Palliser's guidelines during the pandemic, in which only one member of a household could attend a library appointment. You can see this trend reflected in this year's statistics of active users, as some of these statistics are lower than usual.

Overall, we want to thank everyone who made Palliser libraries a warm, safe, and supportive place in 2020! Your creativity, passion, and care for our Saskatchewan communities helped to make an otherwise isolating and uncertain year into a year of massive growth, ingenuity, and community! That is appreciated more than you know.


2020 Statistics


Active Use Profile

Age Group Number of Active Patrons 2019 Statistic
Children 1,299 1,754
Young Adults 853 702
Adults 6,567 7,770
Seniors 2,444 2,416
Total 11,063 12,642

"Active user" refers to anyone whose card has been renewed since January 2017.


Total Card Holders

  2020 2019
Total Card Holders 18,460 17,599
New Patrons 1,028 1,829


Services Provided

Total Number of Branch Open Hours 15,841
Books, CDs, DVDs, and audiobooks added to the collection 13,757
Rural Library Programs 997
Attendance for Rural Library Programs 8,096
Moose Jaw Public Library Programs 245
Attendance for Moose Jaw Public Library Programs 3,783
Volunteer Hours to Prepare and Deliver Programs 2,265.25
Outreach Programs and Visits 91
Class Visits 11
Public Access Computer Sessions 5,010
Reference and General Information Questions Answered 38,273


Circulation of Palliser Physical Materials

Items Circulated and Renewed at the Local Branch 176,139
Holds Sent Out of Region 55,672
Items Circulated or Renewed by Out of Region Patrons 77,741
Holds Filled By Palliser Branches 19,740
Palliser Holds Filled and Books Renewed By Other Regions 38,213
Items Borrowed at a Local Branch by an Out of Region Patron 5,722
Items Borrowed at an Out of Region Branch by a Palliser Patron 5,301
Book Club Kits Checked Out 1,660
Magazines Checked Out 2,637
Physical Items Circulated at Rural Branches 68,121


Digital Circulation

Digital Academy Courses Taken 7,019
Hoopla Borrows in Rural Branches 6,207
Hoopla Borrows in Moose Jaw 14,203
Overdrive eBooks and Audiobooks Borrowed 65,366
Tumblebook Streaming Sessions 3,682
Online Database Searches 2,230
PressReader Articles Read 367,374
Ancestry Searches 3,385
Other Moose Jaw Database Searches 588
Moose Jaw Public Library Kanopy Videos Viewed 2,851
Moose Jaw Public Library Lynda Courses Viewed 3,362
Total Circulation (Digital and Physical Materials) 380,222


Collection Size

Collection Number of Items 2019
Adult 125,369 121,232
Young Adult 19,200 21,315
Juvenile 91,255 93,556
Large Print 12,403 12,102
Audio & Talking Books 4,882 5,289
DVDs 25,474 24,778
CDs 4,411 4,922
Magazines / Serials 15,778 14,349
Video Games 945 899
Book Club Kits 2,250 2,510
Miscellaneous 1,109 1,134
Total 303,076 302,086