Since its 2009 peak, "traditional" public library circulation in Wisconsin has declined nearly 7%.
For me, the line graph here would be more instructive if we had a breakdown of print and audiovisual formats. At the Middleton Public Library, for example, circulation of print materials increased 32% from 2004 to 2007. Circulation of audiovisual materials increased 40% during the same period. Not a significant difference, I'd say.
Are both formats now similarly contributing to a decline in "traditional" circulation?
This caveat in the Instructions for the Wisconsin Public Library Annual Report (2013) should be noted here.
"Uses of downloadable content" = 2,215,193 in 2013, an increase of 69.2% over the previous year's total of 1,309,122. (No earlier statewide statistics are available in the Service Data report.)