Q1 2024 Public Library WiFi Use

Stable Public Library WiFi Utilization Trends in Q1 2024

The latest analysis of public library WiFi utilization in the first quarter of 2024 indicates a stable trend. This stability not only reflects the return of normalcy following pandemic conditions, but also the pivotal role libraries play for patrons. This quarter we will review observed trends, their potential implications, as well as upcoming digital equity grant opportunities from the NTIA.

Monthly Library WiFi Usage - April to March

Examining the data from April 2023 to March 2024 reveals a pattern of stability in usage on the monthly level. This sustained increase suggests a growing reliance on libraries for digital access. This underscores the critical role that libraries play in meeting the evolving needs of their patrons. 

Furthermore, the impact of late 2023 usage trends appears to have been mitigated by milder weather conditions nationwide in December. This resilient usage of library WiFi services highlights their commitment to ensuring uninterrupted access to digital resources for patrons.

Monthly Library WiFi Usage April 2023 - March 2024

Comparing Results from Previous Years

A comparative analysis of WiFi usage trends reveals an intriguing shift in the first quarter of 2024. While previous years experienced exponential growth in usage following the pandemic, 2024 appears more stabilized. Going forward libraries will have a leading role in driving future growth. The sustained growth in WiFi usage reaffirms libraries' commitment to bridging the digital divide and underscores their significance as essential community resources. 

Libraries continue to play a vital role in providing equitable access to digital resources. In fact, many have sought to partner with state broadband offices to take part in the digital equity act advancing digital equity across the country. 

2021-2024 First Quarter WiFi Usage

Opportunities for Libraries to Advance Digital Equity

In light of ongoing programs from the Digital Equity Act such as the current Digital Equity Capacity Grant Program, libraries have unique opportunities to contribute to the advancement of digital equity in the form of raising awareness in communities. The NTIA lists digital literacy training, cybersecurity training, and raising awareness of the availability and affordability of access to broadband technology as qualifying activities for this grant. Applications for grant funding are due by May 28, 2024. This grant could provide libraries with resources to enhance their current program offerings. For those interested in more information and how to get involved with their state’s digital equity plan, broadband offices for each state can be found at broadbandusa.ntis.doc.gov/resources/states.

Public Libraries serve as vital community anchors in bridging the digital divide. By leveraging available resources and partnerships, libraries can continue to empower individuals with access to essential digital services, ultimately fostering more inclusive and resilient communities. 

Q1 2024 Public Library WiFi Use

Weekly WiFi Usage in Q1 2024

In looking at WiFi usage data weekly, obvious patterns such as lower usage on holidays become clear. The two holidays where decreases in usage occurred this quarter were New Years Day and Presidents Day.

By providing reliable WiFi access, libraries become essential for  individuals who rely on digital resources for education, work, and communication. This sustained growth in WiFi usage underscores the enduring impact of libraries in providing equitable access to information and technology.

Q1 2024 Public Library WiFi Usage

What Does the Future Hold for Public Library WiFi? 

Looking ahead, public library WiFi will continue to be a critical component of library services for the community. Ongoing federal funding initiatives and collaborative continue efforts to expand broadband infrastructure. Going forward, libraries are poised to meet the evolving digital training needs of patrons and advance advocacy efforts. 

As technology advances, libraries will remain steadfast in their commitment to providing access to digital resources and fostering digital literacy. By embracing innovation and collaboration, libraries will continue to serve as invaluable resources for their patrons. 

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5 Summer Reading Ideas for a Successful Season

Are you looking to create more successful and engaging summer programs for your patrons? It can be a challenge to keep returning patrons informed and attract new community members. And let's not forget managing resources and costs for big events. But don't worry, we're here to help! We've gathered proven summer reading ideas from libraries across the country to help make your summer programs a hit.

1. Get to Know Your Community's Interests: New Rochelle Public Library

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Want to create a summer program that excites and brings your community together? Take a cue from the New Rochelle Public Library, who hosted a Summer Reading Kickoff Party that drew over 500 enthusiastic attendees. How did they do it? By asking their patrons what they wanted and delivering a program tailored to their interests. From fun photo ops with beloved book characters to engaging craft activities, they created an event that set the stage for a summer of reading excitement. Read more. 

2. Amp Up Your Marketing Game: Pioneer Library System

When it comes to marketing your summer programs, consistent engagement with patrons is pivotal to program success. Take a page from Pioneer Library System's award-winning Summer Learning Challenge in 2022, which saw a 48% increase in registrations and a whopping 65% increase in completions from 2021 to 2022. How did they do it? By leveraging targeted marketing efforts and engaging their community every step of the way. From eye-catching social media posts to personalized email reminders, they spread the word and got people excited about learning. Read more.

3. Collaborate with Local Businesses: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Library Outdoor Festival Summer Reading Idea

Collaboration is key when it comes to planning big summer events. Just look at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s post-summer reading celebration, where they teamed up with a variety of local businesses and organizations to host a family-friendly outdoor festival. From musical performances and craft activities to food trucks and storytelling sessions, they created an event that brought the community together in celebration of literacy and learning. By working together with their local business partners, they were able to create an unforgettable experience for attendees while maximizing resources and reaching a broader audience. Read more.

4. Embrace Technology: Hillsborough County Library

In Hillsborough County, libraries are using technology to promote summer reading among children and teens through the Beanstack app. More than 3,600 participants, including 11-year-old Joanna Binu, logged hundreds of hours of summer reading using the app last year. Beanstack allows users to track their reading hours, earn digital badges, and receive book recommendations based on their interests. By leveraging technology, libraries like Hillsborough County are making reading fun and accessible, even for the digital age. Read more.

5. Foster Community Engagement: Free Library of Philadelphia

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The Free Library of Philadelphia is teaming up with other anchor institutions across the city to ensure that children and teens have the most fun possible this summer. Through initiatives like "It's A Summer Thing!", families can access a wide range of free or low-cost programs, including summer camps, swimming lessons, reading activities, and more. By collaborating with partners like Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and the Department of Human Services, the Free Library is creating a summer to remember for young people across the city. Read more.

 

We hope these summer reading ideas will benefit your library as you plan your summer programs for 2024. If you're looking for ways to spend more time planning and less time tracking attendance, WhoFi may be able to help. Click the demo button below to set a meeting and learn more about how we can simplify hosting summer events or email us at marketing@whofi.com. Happy Programming!

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2023 Annual Analysis of Public Library WiFi Usage

Analysis of Public Library WiFi Usage in 2023

 Public Library Insights for 2023

In 2023, public libraries continued to play a pivotal role in fostering digital equity and community engagement. Through collaborative efforts with programs like E-Rate and BEAD (Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment), libraries served as essential hubs for connectivity empowering individuals with digital literacy training and expanding access to digital resources nationwide. Innovative library promotion strategies like leveraging social media and adding library calendars to websites, enabled libraries to enhance visibility and engage with patrons beyond physical boundaries of the library walls. Join us below as we review library insights from 2023.

2023 Public Library Insights WiFi

 

In 2023 we witnessed a notable increase in library WiFi usage, driven by several potential factors. This year was the first year that no major cities were required to engage in lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Libraries partnered with states to provide information about how to get connected to various programs making internet access affordable. Additionally, public libraries continued to provide essential digital literacy training with plans to expand during BEAD program implementation in many states. Innovative library promotion efforts, heightened library visibility and attracted patrons, contributing to the surge in patronage throughout the year. This expansion of digital infrastructure likely helped to improve usage. This will continue to make libraries central hubs for connectivity within communities.

Why seasonal changes looked different in Q4 2023

Seasonal changes in Q4 2023 looked different than Q4 2022, showcasing a smaller decline in usage during the traditionally low traffic period in December. It is possible that milder temperatures across the country in December 2023 played a role in reducing the seasonal decline. Casual library users in 2022 may have been more likely to wait for milder weather to visit the library. Sustained use of WiFi services throughout the year reinforces the importance of libraries in their communities even through holiday months.

Monthly Library WiFi Usage 2021-2023
Innovative Library Promotion

Libraries embraced innovative promotion strategies in 2023, leveraging services like TikTok and library calendar software to engage with patrons. This innovative approach resulted in increased visibility, with libraries gaining significant following and fostering digital engagement beyond physical spaces.

Library promotion is a wonderful tool to help librarians ensure they broadcast their offerings to the largest possible audience. By tapping into new avenues of communication and connection, libraries demonstrate adaptability and relevance for patrons of all ages. This further strengthens their role as essential sources of information and digital access.

Weekly Public Library WiFi Usage

Interpreting insights for 2024

The insights gleaned from library WiFi usage trends in 2023 provide valuable guidance for anticipating future developments. By staying responsive, keeping up with evolving community needs and leveraging innovative approaches, libraries are poised to continue their service as vital hubs of learning, connectivity, and community empowerment in 2024 and beyond.

The data is clear - libraries are essential players when it comes to providing internet access to under-served communities. According to the American Library Association (ALA), providing access to internet is particularly critical in areas that would otherwise have none.

2023 Annual Analysis of Public Library WiFi Usage

Reviewing patrons' utilization of library services empowers staff to make data-driven decisions in community engagement. Insights from WiFi analytics remain useful for libraries as they strategize and advocate for future endeavors. If you would like to review how our solutions make gathering these insights easy please click the demo button in the top right of the page.


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How to Promote Library Services: Insights from California, Washington, and Utah

Recently it was brought to our attention that libraries in Washington, California, and Utah are successful in promoting their services. In this article, we explore the success stories of these libraries, revealing strategies and best practices for how to promote library services. Discover these resources to transform your library's promotional efforts.

Engaging the Community: Strategies that Work

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Building a strong community connection is vital for successful library promotion. We hope you find something beneficial from Washington, California, and Utah as we explore their proven strategies:

Events and Workshops: Successful libraries host diverse events aligning with community interests, such as book clubs, story times, and coding workshops. Salt Lake City Public Library even offers an Introduction to Sewing program for all ages! These create inclusive spaces, encouraging active community participation.

Partnerships with Local Organizations: Collaborating with library supporting community members expands networks and leads to idea sharing. For example, Seattle Public Library partners with local businesses to help small businesses and entrepreneurs grow. This increases library visibility and provides a unique community experience.

Advocacy for the Community: Many libraries go above and beyond to secure grants to host new programs or make improvements to services or facilities. Just this month Santa Barbara Public Library secured a grant to host a series of programs surrounding sustainability and promote local resources to get involved.

Harnessing the Power of Social Media

Libraries recognize the influential role of social media in promoting services. Platforms like Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram provide dynamic tools for engagement:

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Active Social Media Presence: Maintaining an active presence allows libraries to share engaging content, fostering a sense of excitement and anticipation. Recently Solano County Library has made big waves under supervisor Mychal Threets gaining 25,000 followers for the library and spreading “library joy”. 

Community Building: Social media platforms facilitate real-time discussions, feedback, and personalized interactions, building strong relationships with patrons. Many libraries even share upcoming events to their Facebook followers and offer online registration for programs.

By harnessing social media's power, libraries seamlessly connect with audiences, creating a foundation for increased community support.

Collaboration: Library Resources

Libraries can amplify their impact by collaborating with state library resources. There is no need to reinvent the wheel with many state libraries offering guidance and best practices for keeping things running smoothly.

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Resource Sharing: State libraries from Washington and California provide a number of articles and resources for seasonal and year round programs alike. These are great resources to spark program planning creativity. 

Training and Development Programs: Librarians benefit from collaborative programs, gaining fresh insights and innovative ideas for promoting services. Library Facebook Groups like Library Management Group or Library Think Tank.

State Library Associations: Networking opportunities through conferences and workshops connect librarians across the state, fostering collaboration and support. This is a great way to meet librarians that share unique challenges and solutions in your own state. 

Access to Funding Opportunities: Collaboration with state library agencies opens doors to funding programs, supporting initiatives to effectively promote services. There are a number of funding opportunities listed by most state libraries. 

Success Story Insights

The success stories from Washington, California, and Utah offer valuable insights into effective library promotion. By engaging the community, embracing innovative outreach, harnessing social media, and collaborating with state library resources, libraries can create thriving environments for all ages and backgrounds. As you continue to promote your own library services, we hope you can draw inspiration from these stories to make a powerful impact in your community. 

If you’re looking for technology solutions to help you with the promotion and advocacy of your library, WhoFi is helping libraries across the country.  WhoFi offers cutting-edge tools and solutions to analyze your library's data, understand your patrons' needs better, and tailor your promotional efforts for maximum impact.  WhoFi empowers you with actionable insights to drive meaningful connections with your community.  To learn more, schedule a demo by clicking the button below.

 

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Library Membership Management Solutions

In the digital age fragmented and complex systems are becoming a thing of the past. In this post we will discuss library membership management challenges and present an all-in-one suite of services as a potential solution. To satisfy the goals of public library directors, we've collected insights about related challenges in conversations with partners.

Common Library Challenges:

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Shared Control of Spaces: Libraries try to ensure patrons have ready access to resources without conflicts. However, promoting services to the community and managing shared spaces efficiently is often difficult.

Program Registrations: Gaining registrations for library programs is critical, yet takes time when completed on paper or over the phone. To maintain community engagement, it is essential to provide an easy and seamless process to keep programs in full attendance.

Avoiding Double Bookings: Libraries, serve as meeting rooms, study areas, and program spaces, often at the same time to meet patrons' varied needs. Finding the right balance can be a challenge, and double bookings can lead to frustrations.

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Library Membership Management Solutions:

Community Calendar: WhoFi's Community Calendar simplifies event scheduling and provides a central hub for library programs right on the library website, to enhance community engagement. Additionally, collecting registrations early online allows program planners to prepare proper spaces and supplies. 

Meeting Rooms: WhoFi's Meeting Room management feature allows patrons to book spaces quickly and use resources efficiently. Synchronizing with the library calendar helps avoid conflicts and maximize library space utilization. Directors can approve patron reservations and send confirmation and reminder emails directly from the dashboard. 

All In One Reporting Solution

WiFi Analytics: WhoFi's WiFi Analytics provides comprehensive data about foot traffic and library WiFi usage over time making answering these questions on the state survey easy.

With WhoFi's all-in-one suite of services, directors can access efficient solutions to their library membership management challenges. Transform the future of library management with WhoFi and explore a world of possibilities for your library community. You can visit our YouTube for videos about these services, and click the button below to schedule a meeting.

 

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2024 Library Resolutions and Library Software Solutions

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As we approach 2024, libraries are gearing up for a transformative year focused on advocacy and efficiency. The New Year brings with it the perennial challenge of reporting, requiring meticulous data collection on WiFi usage, program attendance, space utilization, and more. These challenges can create bottlenecks, hindering librarians from crafting positive experiences for patrons. To overcome these hurdles, libraries are exploring comprehensive library software solutions dedicated to meeting and exceeding expectations for improved efficiency and productivity.

Library Software Solutions

Library software services stand out as a potential remedy, offering tools like a library calendar and wireless sessions software. These solutions are designed to confront survey challenges head-on, allowing librarians to redirect their focus back to the community. By automating data compilation and providing comprehensive training resources, these solutions simplify reporting tasks.This ensures that the onboarding process for new staff is seamless, maintaining the uninterrupted flow of library operations.

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Leveraging Library Software for Resolutions
  • Spend More Time with Patrons: By leveraging library software, librarians can allocate more time to creating positive library experiences for patrons.
  • Reduce Survey Challenges: Library software solutions address survey challenges directly, streamlining reporting tasks and freeing up valuable time.
  • Increase Strategic Activities: Automated data compilation from library software empowers librarians to engage in strategic activities, make data-driven decisions, and plan for a thriving future.
  • Simplify Staff Onboarding: Library software ensures the onboarding process remains seamless, even in times of high staff turnover.

By embracing library software solutions, librarians can confidently pursue their New Year's goals. This not only saves time and resources but also empowers libraries to make data-driven decisions for the future. As we enter into a new year, let's embrace the future, secure in the knowledge that a successful year ahead is well within reach.

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Additional Resources

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5 Wonderful Library Winter Program Ideas

As we head into the Winter season, public libraries across the country are preparing to offer heartwarming programs for all of their patrons. These library Winter program ideas are inspired by the creativity of other libraries, showcasing the positive impact that bringing communities together through programs can have. Looking for another program to add to your library's Winter lineup? Take inspiration from what other libraries are doing below!

Five Library Winter Program Ideas
  • Winter Reading ChallengeWinter Reading Challenge
    • Keep the pages turning during winter break by launching an exciting Winter Reading Challenge for children. Sharing this program on Facebook and the library website is a great way to increase participation. 
  • Gingerbread House Making Program
    • Gather families together for a delightful and delicious gingerbread house-making event. Watch creativity unfold and Experience the joy of the season together. Make sure to prepare enough supplies for this culinary craft by collecting registrations online. 
  • Drive-Thru Canned Food Drive
    • Turn kindness into a winter tradition with a drive-thru canned food drive. Make it easy for your community to give Winter Program Ideas 2023 Snowgaback and make a meaningful impact. Promoting drop off location on the library calendar makes it simple for donors to make their donations.
  • Snowga Series for Adults
    • Cultivate serenity and mindfulness with a meditative yoga series for the Winter months. It's a wonderful opportunity to bring a sense of warmth and tranquility to adult patrons during the winter season.
  • Make Your Own Greeting Cards
    • Invite patrons to unleash their creativity by crafting personalized greeting cards. Whether it’s for the holidays or just to brighten someone’s day, this hands-on activity promises joy and connection.
Simplified Program Planning, Promotion & Reporting

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Effortless registration becomes a reality with effective library calendar software, allowing patrons to sign up for any exciting library Winter program with just a few clicks. Embedding program details on your library website can be simple with integration options for the library website keeping the community informed. Plus, social media sharing becomes a breeze if each event has its own unique web page. WhoFi offers Community Calendar as an all-in-one solution for programming needs at the library and amplifies the library’s event offerings all year.

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Q3 2023 Public Library WiFi Use

Public Library WiFi Sessions Q3 2023

Third Quarter 2023: Public Library WiFi Sessions and Digital Equity Trends

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The third quarter of 2023 reaffirmed the critical role public libraries play in providing equitable internet access within the communities they serve. Against the backdrop of increased Summer travel, libraries experienced noteworthy stability in library WiFi sessions. Despite increased travel among patrons, sustained usage patterns revealed the enduring importance of the essential services libraries provide, catering to the needs of the community. 

Third Quarter 2023 Monthly WiFi Usage Trends

A month over month view of Library WiFi usage through the summer shows high usage through all of the summer months with May and August having the highest visitor counts. While the third quarter showed fluctuations in monthly and weekly patterns, as a whole, it showed continued growth, surpassing the previous year's figures. This achievement is particularly commendable as it aligns with the end of Summer Reading programs and sets the stage for a promising Fall season. Congratulations to libraries for their dedication to fostering community engagement and digital access as we transition into this new chapter.

Monthly National WiFi Usage 2023

Throughout the third quarter of 2023, libraries experienced consistent growth in monthly WiFi sessions, surpassing the usage recorded in 2022. From May into July, there was a gradual decline in WiFi usage, reflecting the typical decrease in demand during the early summer months. However, as the summer progressed, there was a notable resurgence in August, indicating increased community engagement and demand for digital resources. 

This uptick was a testament to the success of summer programs and the libraries' ability to captivate patrons. However, with the return to school activities in September, there was a minor decrease in usage, aligning with the usual adjustments in community needs.

Summer Holiday Travel Trends

As anticipated, the third quarter saw a decline in WiFi sessions during the week of the Fourth of July and Labor Day, in line with the typical dip observed during traditional holiday periods. These brief intervals of reduced activity were counterbalanced by sustained engagement during the remaining weeks, emphasizing the libraries' remarkable resilience and adaptability. Libraries effectively met community demands, navigating fluctuating usage patterns and ensuring consistent support for patrons, despite expected lulls.

Q3 Weekly WiFi Usage by Population Size

When analyzing quarterly usage between 2022 and 2023, a discernible positive trend emerged. Despite minor fluctuations, the overall usage for the quarter exceeded that of the previous year, highlighting the enduring significance of public libraries as vital hubs for digital resources and connectivity. This sustained growth reaffirms libraries' pivotal role in fostering digital equity, bridging the digital divide, and ensuring equitable access to information and technology for all members of the community.

Quarterly National WiFi Usage Comparison 2022-2023

Positive Outlook and Community Impact

As libraries forge partnerships with states to leverage BEAD funding for broadband deployment, they stand at the forefront, ready to expand connectivity and act as central information hubs for those lacking adequate access. Through a harmonious blend of engaging programs and WiFi availability, libraries have solidified their status as indispensable community resources, ensuring equal access to digital resources.

Q3 2023 Public Library WiFi Use

Moving forward, the numbers are clear that public libraries remain steadfast in their mission to provide equitable access to digital resources. The positive trends observed in the third quarter of 2023 reaffirm the crucial role of libraries in our communities. With the support of initiatives like the BEAD Program and the dedication of library professionals, the future holds even greater promise for enhancing digital equity and ensuring universal access to information. 

What Does the Future Hold for Public Library WiFi?

The incremental growth witnessed during the third quarter of 2023 stands as a testament to the enduring dedication of libraries to address the evolving needs of their communities. Libraries persist in their pivotal role as champions of digital equity, actively bridging the digital divide, and acting as essential information access points for patrons from diverse backgrounds. This steadfast commitment underscores libraries' resolve to create an inclusive and digitally empowered society, ensuring equitable opportunities for all. 

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Library Room Scheduling Easily

Adding the Meeting Rooms Booking System on the Library Website

In this post, we will be diving into the world of online room reservation systems. More specifically, we will work through integrating the Meeting Rooms booking system seamlessly into your library website. If you prefer to video format you can find video instructions at the bottom of this page!

Step 1: Setting Up the Meeting Rooms Booking System

First, log in to your WhoFi account and navigate to the Setup section. In the advanced settings, find the 'Integration' option under the Community Calendar section. You'll find the Spaces iFrame URL here which is the code you will use to begin accepting patron reservations online through Meeting Rooms.

Step 2: Integrating with Your Library Website

Library Meeting Room Booking System Setup

Now, onto your library website. Whether you are using WordPress or a similar platform, the process is straightforward. Go to the Admin section and locate the page where you want to feature your meeting rooms.

  • For Buttons:
    • Add a new button or edit an existing one by hovering over it and selecting the pencil icon.
    • Paste the URL in the designated section and click save.
  • For Hyperlinks:
    • Highlight the text you want to link on your webpage.
    • Select the chain link icon, paste the URL in the designated section, and click save.

By integrating this meeting rooms booking system into your library website, you are making your library spaces more accessible to patrons. We hope you are enjoying the simplicity of the Meeting Rooms booking system. By following these steps, you have streamlined the process for patrons to reserve spaces, enhancing their library experience.

We extend our gratitude to our partners whose dedication led to the creation of this system, making it easier for all libraries to manage their spaces.If you have any questions of need further assistance, our support team is just an email away at support@whofi.com. For more information and the full tutorial for Meeting Rooms you can review this previous post. Happy reading and happy reservations!

 

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Room Reservation Software For Libraries

What is Room Reservation Software for Libraries?

Due to growing demands for remote worker and community leaders, public libraries have become essential hubs offering co-working spaces and meeting rooms. However, managing these dynamic spaces efficiently has posted significant challenges. Some directors have found a solution in room reservation software for libraries. 

The Challenges:
  • Meeting Room Reservation Challenges

    Outdated Reservation Methods: Relying on handwritten notes, spreadsheets, or generic web calendars led to confusion and frustration for both library staff and patrons.

  • Limited Visibility: Patrons struggled to find accurate information about room availability, leading to misunderstandings and wasted time.
  • Inefficient Management: Managing room requests and program schedules manually proved to be a cumbersome task for librarians, causing inefficiencies.
  • Lack of Reporting: Libraries often lacked comprehensive reporting tools, hindering their ability to analyze space utilization effectively.
The Solution:

Library Room Reservation Software simplifies the entire process, making room reservations more accessible for patrons and easier to manage for librarians. Here's what an effective room reservation software for public libraries should offer:

  • Room Reservation Software For LibrariesPatron-Friendly Booking: Empower patrons to easily view room availability, check amenities, and submit reservation requests.
  • Seamless Integration: Integrate with the library’s website for a cohesive and user-friendly experience.
  • Simplified Management: Enable librarians to efficiently manage room requests, program schedules, and other resources, all in one centralized place.
  • Robust Reporting: Provide librarians with detailed reports designed in collaboration with libraries, simplifying the process of reporting to boards and the state.
  • Integration with Library Calendar Software: Ensure seamless integration with the library’s calendar software to prevent double bookings and automatically reserve rooms for programs.

 

Library spaces reservation software significantly reduces the burdens associated with managing spaces effectively for both patron reservations and programs. It offers clarity and ease, benefiting both library staff and patrons alike. If you would like to learn more you can check out the video below or find more details at whofi.com/learn-more/meeting-rooms

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