Books and Borrowing 1750-1830

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Glasgow University Library

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Summary

During the period of study, of the books borrowed from their collections, Glasgow University Library featured 3476 book holding records and these have been associated with 2820 book edition records across 20 genres. Of the books borrowed from Glasgow University Library, these were written by 1785 authors and had 1013 borrowers. Of these, 1012 (99.9%) were Male, 1 (0.1%) were Female. The library documented 15372 borrowing events, 15366 (99.96%) by Male borrowers, 1 (0.01%) by Female borrowers. There were an average of 15.17 borrowings per borrower at this library and of the borrowed books, each book holding was borrowed an average of 4.42 times. At Glasgow University Library during the period of study, books were borrowed for 56 years between 1751 and 1823, with an average of 274.5 borrowings per year.

The most popular books

The most popular authors

The most popular genres

The most prolific borrowers

Borrower Occupations

Of the 1013 borrowers at Glasgow University Library, 886 have at least one identified occupation. Borrowers may have any number of occupations and the total number of occupations associated with borrowers at this library is 935. In the visualisations, press on an occupation's segment to perform a search for its associated borrowing records.

A breakdown of borrower occupations present at this library

The percentage of borrowings made by each occupation

["Arts and Letters","Education","Law","Medicine and Health","Miscellaneous","Politics/Office Holders","Print and Book Trade","Religion and Clergy"]
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Book Genre

A a book holding may have multiple genres and 4087 genre classifications have been applied to 3476 book holding records at Glasgow University Library. The first visualisation shows the total number of book holdings we have catalogued from the library (we have only catalogued books that are actually borrowed, not the entire collection), divided into sections for genre, while the second visualisation shows the total number of borrowing acts we have catalogued, divided into sections for the genre of the associated book. The comparison between the two shows the relative popularity of genres. If all genres were borrowed equally then the two visualisations for a library would be the same. What is interesting is when the visualisations differ, as this shows where a particular genre is more (or less) popular than another. In the visualisations, press on a genre's segment to perform a search for its associated borrowing records.

A breakdown of book genres borrowed at this library

The percentage of borrowings of each genre

A breakdown of book genres borrowed at this library

The percentage of borrowings of each genre

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Borrowings through time by occupation type

Borrowings at this library during the period, divided into sections for occupation types. Press on a year bar to zoom in on its borrowings, divided into months.

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Borrowings through time by book genre

Borrowings at this library during the period, divided into sections for book genre. Press on a year bar to zoom in on its borrowings, divided into months.

[1751,1752,1753,1754,1755,1756,1757,1758,1759,1760,1761,1762,1763,1764,1765,1766,1767,1768,1769,1770,1771,1772,1773,1774,1775,1776,1777,1778,1779,1780,1781,1782,1783,1784,1785,1786,1787,1788,1789,1790,1791,1792,1793,1794,1795,1796,1797,1798,1799,1800,1801,1802,1803,1804,1805,1806,1807,1808,1809,1810,1811,1812,1813,1814,1815,1816,1817,1818,1819,1820,1821,1822,1823]
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