Which items have circulated the most?

A student asked me the other day which item has circulated the most in the library. Having no idea, I created a list in Millennium to find out. Here are the spellbinding results:

* There are 1102 items that have circulated more than 50 times

* Of those…
– 510 are DVDs
– 178 are student laptops and power adapters
– 96 are 1-day equipment
– 86 are books
– 81 are 4-hour equipment
– the rest include 12 CD’s, 1 music score, various keys, reserves, and 3 VHS tapes

* The top 151 items are keys or equipment

* No. 152 on the list is the DVD 21 Grams, with 261 circs

* The highest circulating books is the always popular Single Variable Calculus, which any circ desk worker knows by both sight and weight, with 216 circs

Any guesses on No. 1? It has circulated 1698 times. Unimaginable praise and accolades* to anyone who guesses correctly (who does not already know and/or does not use Create Lists to find out on their own).

*Note: praise and accolades may be more imaginable than advertised.

5 thoughts on “Which items have circulated the most?

  1. Brenda

    This is since we switched to millennium, our latest checkout system right? I’m guessing a camera – either digital still or video.

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  2. Mike Roy

    I’m curious. What is the time frame? When did we start keeping these records? And what are the top ten books?

    – mike

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  3. Dan Frostman Post author

    The list was run to find things that have had 50 or more circs since we moved to Millennium in 2005. So if something circulated a lot in the system before Millennium (DRA) but not as much in Millennium, it would have been excluded from this list. (For some reason, the DRA circs field is displayable but not searchable.)

    Further delving does reveal a new top book, when DRA circs are taken fully into account. The overall top item still remains undisputed champion.

    Top 10 books:

    10. HISTORY OF URBAN FORM : BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS 174 circs
    9. HISTORY OF URBAN FORM : BEFORE THE INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS 178 circs
    8. A HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE : SETTINGS AND RITUALS 180 circs
    7. SINGLE VARIABLE CALCULUS 218 circs
    6. THOMAS COLE, LANDSCAPE INTO HISTORY 229 circs
    5. ROLFING : THE INTEGRATION OF HUMAN STRUCTURES 281 circs
    4. THOMAS COLE, LANDSCAPE INTO HISTORY 292 circs
    3. THE BODY MOVEABLE : BLUEPRINTS OF THE HUMAN MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM : ITS STRUCTURE, MECHANICS, LOCOMOTOR AND POSTURAL FUNCTIONS 313 circs
    2. A HISTORY OF FAR EASTERN ART 337 circs
    1. IMAGES OF AMERICAN LIVING; FOUR CENTURIES OF ARCHITECTURE AND FURNITURE AS CULTURAL EXPRESSION 497 circs

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  4. Arabella Holzapfel

    So are you not going to tell us what has circulated 1698 times in the last seven years (five times a day, on average!) until someone guesses?

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  5. Dan Frostman Post author

    Drum roll, please…

    The most circulated item is…

    The keys to the Helpdesk (which includes the key to the cabinets which house the more-precious-than-gold PAPER.)

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