In Almira L. Hayward’s Report of the Librarian for 1889, we get a glimpse into the world of library statistics from the late 19th Century. In the year 1889, the newly renovated Cambridge Public Library:
Boasted 5,083 library card holders
Circulated 295 books per day
Circulated 79,961 books for the year
Purchased 908 books
Collected $157.48 in fines
Those are pretty impressive statistics for 1889!