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Library Quarterly Report FY23 Q4: April-June 2023

Database Usage


Use of library subscription databases has fluctuated during the pandemic, with a record number of 4,396 downloads last quarter. This quarter that number dropped closer to normal with 3,494 downloads. During the unfolding COVID 19 pandemic we have seen wild fluctuations in all areas of library use, including full-text downloads. Our 5-year average is around 3,372 downloads a quarter. This quarter we observed high levels of usage by ASTM Compass, Knovel, Skillsoft and TRR, all of which tend to be leading resources. 




The Library continues expanding access to resources through "self-service" online databases. We provide 20 subscription databases to VDOT employees at this time. Because we serve both engineering and business needs, we tend to see steady usage month to month. Tables here show the number of downloads per month (below) from each database, and the trend over the past year (right). This quarter usage was marginally above average for the past 5 years.


Subscription database usage FY23 Q4: July 2022-June 2023


Subscription Downloads By VDOT: FY23 Q4
  April  May  June  Total 
ASTM Compass  442  710  672  1,824 
Knovel  118  214  141  473 
Skillsoft  75  83  162  320 
TRR (Sage)  78  110  96  284 
ASCE Library  125  75  83  283 
Non-Subscription Downloads (EOS Catalog)  35  69  28  132 
EBSCO eBooks  51  39  15  105 
* Miscellaneous Journals  22  29 
ScienceDirect   15  27 
EBSCO Business Source Corporate Plus   2  15 
EBSCO Business Book Summaries 
Monthly Totals  945  1,332  1,217  3,494 

* Miscellaneous Journals: Includes journals from the ICE Virtual Library collection, Taylor & Francis, ACI and Corrosion.

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