Statistics 2017

The data below is taken from the integrated library system software used by all public libraries in Saskatchewan. These numbers highlight the growing patron base and widespread use of the public library system in Saskatchewan, the continued growth of both physical and electronic collections, and a degree of cooperation between public library systems that remains unprecedented in Canada. 

Please note that not all statistics are comparable across all years due to changes in software systems in 2009-10, 2013 and 2015. Differences in each system’s data gathering and reporting methods will have affected overall numbers. The current system provides accurate and specific data which the consortium has been using to inform decision making since September 2015.


Circulation of Physical Materials
Holds Placed
Holds filled through SILS
Unique borrowers of Phys. MaterialsIndividual Customers
TitlesAll physical and electronic, including Library2Go and 3M
Physical Items


The chart below indicates the total number of Saskatchewan residents with library cards and the number of active patrons who have used their public library card at least once in the past two years. The data for active patrons is based on customers whose records show one of the following activities: check out, renewal, check-in, billing, payment, placing a hold, a new registration, or a login authentication to access an electronic resource. 

- Total Active
Dec 31, 2014 366,152 -
Dec 31, 2015 335,143 246,114
Dec 31, 2016 336,261 254,199
Dec 31, 2017 340,806 258,708

Context: Prior to SILS forming in 2010, each library system used their own separate software, so many Saskatchewan residents had multiple library cards as a result.  The launch of SILS meant that a library card could be used at any public library in the province (‘One Province, One Library Card'!).  Because residents are no longer required to carry library cards for multiple library systems, the total number of cardholders in recent years more accurately reflects the number of residents registered at a public library in Saskatchewan.

​Other factors that may have affected registered borrower counts include changes to the definition of a registered borrower, concerted attempts to remove duplicate borrowers from the database, and a change in policy in 2013 which made library cards transferable.  This policy change may have resulted in libraries issuing fewer cards as families are now able to share a single card.  All factors have remained consistent since September 2015, at which point the library system software changed and more accurate counts became available.

Data available: 2009-present; historical data available from government publications: 20092010-2014;

Collection Size by Title

The chart below provides the number of unique titles in SILS, as well as the number of new titles added per year. Electronic titles refer to ebooks and e-audio books included in the catalogue, and 'physical' titles refer to physical books and media.

- All Titles All Physical Titles All E-Titles Newly Added Physical Titles Newly Added E-Titles
2016 1,575,926 995,790 580,136 64,630 228,316
2017 1,618,474 1,002,565 615,909 144,494 148,081

Data available: 2016-present

Collection Size by Physical Item

The chart below provides the number of physical items in SILS that are available for patrons to use, broken down by material type.  Electronic items, such as ebooks and e-audiobooks, are not included.

- All Items Books Video Sound Recording Spoken Word Serials Other
2016 3,691,975 3,146,367 202,366 71,417 50,071 125,242 97,787
2017 3,657,466 3,107,541 209,054 69,617 50,570 122,443 ​99,472

Data available: 2016-present

Circulation - Physical Materials

The chart below provides total annual circulation of physical materials (electronic materials are not included) by library system for the last full year.  Included are the number of unique borrowers, total circulation (checkouts and renewals combined), and total holds placed.

2017 Unique Borrowers Total Circulation Total Holds Placed
​Chinook Regional Library 6554 250,339 67,749
Lakeland Library Region 8892 367,743 79,072
Pahkisimon Nuyeah Library System 4470 96,435 6495
Palliser Regional Library 9034 363,375 65,087
Parkland Regional Library 8128 288,154 84,053
Regina Pulic Library 59,635 1,987,517 324,442
Saskatoon Public Library 88,880 2,476,075 475,032
Southeast Regional Library 11,916 403,585 118,266
Wapiti Regional Library 14,984 646,769 156,304
Wheatland Regional Library 11,956 524,862 170,601
Total 224,488 7,405,869 1,547,489


Circulation - eBooks and eAudiobooks

The chart below provides the number of eBooks and eAudiobooks from the Library2Go collection that were used by Saskatchewan residents in the last full year.

Value 2014 2015 2016 2017
​Chinook Regional Library 35,083 36,133 36,058 38,011
Lakeland Library Region 48,975 51,584 49,800 48,763
Pahkisimon Nuyeah Library System 1792 1804 2200 2575
Palliser Regional Library 45,597 44,291 42,604 41,800
Parkland Regional Library 32,434 34,734 35,509 35,189
Regina Pulic Library 122,689 126,420 122,295 118,998
Saskatoon Public Library 161,508 167,816 173,138 175,516
Southeast Regional Library 52,135 56,397 57,720 62,316
Wapiti Regional Library 56,546 57,925 59,709 59,084
Wheatland Regional Library 77,893 87,513 89,936 96,261
Total SILS 634,655 664,668 668,998 678,531

Context: In recent years, other eBook and eAudiobook services have become available and are now offered by some library systems.  As patrons have more service choices, circulation numbers for this province-wide service may have been affected.

Data available: 2014-present

Interagency Holds

The chart below provides the number of physical items that were shipped among SILS agencies to fill hold requests.  Interlibrary loan (ILL) items, which are borrowed from outside the SILS system, are excluded.

2017 Loaned to another library system Borrowed from another library system
​Chinook Regional Library 30,629 40,854
Lakeland Library Region 59,527 40,863
Pahkisimon Nuyeah Library System 24,912 3443
Palliser Regional Library 79,214 28,634
Parkland Regional Library 36,418 47,743
Regina Pulic Library 98,173 137,453
Saskatoon Public Library 127,249 160,771
Southeast Regional Library 63.627 56,210
Wapiti Regional Library 79,146 60,688
Wheatland Regional Library 50,130 75,537
Total SILS 652,359 652,359

Data available: 2016-present

Reciprocal Borrowing

The chart below shows the number of patrons from each agency who used their library cards in person at a library branch outside the library system that issued their card.

2017 Unique Borrowers Items Checked Out Hold Pickups
​Chinook Regional Library 259 2774 509
Lakeland Library Region 748 8917 497
Pahkisimon Nuyeah Library System 212 1264 173
Palliser Regional Library 735 9718 1950
Parkland Regional Library 400 5671 1887
Regina Pulic Library 2776 77,110 8603
Saskatoon Public Library 5029 136,884 17,809
Southeast Regional Library 702 9507 1730
Wapiti Regional Library 907 11,081 1410
Wheatland Regional Library 583 8842 2503

Data available: 2016 to present

More statistics available here: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016