Library Fast Facts

Find out thousands of other people around the world use the ICDL, including specific data on Top books, Registered users, and Searching & browsing.

Overview

  • The ICDL has been visited by over three million unique visitors since our launch in November, 2002.
  • The ICDL collection includes 4619 books in 59 languages.
  • Our users come from all over the world. In 2009, the top 10 countries were:
    1. United States (53%)
    2. Peru (4%)
    3. India (4%)
    4. Canada (3%)
    5. United Kingdom (3%)
    6. Israel (2%)
    7. Australia (2%)
    8. Spain (2%)
    9. Taiwan (2%)
    10. Mexico (2%)

***Top books

Our book preview pages have been visited over 650,000 times. Between August 1, 2006, and August 31, 2006, the following books were most frequently accessed:

  1. A apple pie
  2. Axle the freeway cat
  3. Ang alamat ng ampalaya = The legend of the bitter gourd
  4. The adventure of Ahmad and the clock
  5. 'Obayedzakani's delightful satires
  6. Where's the bear?
  7. Alice's adventures in wonderland
  8. The alien
  9. Angels ride bikes and other fall poems = Los ángeles andan en bicicleta y otros poemas de otoño

***Registered users

On May 25, 2005, we launched a new interface that allows library users to log in with a user name and password. Here are some facts about our registered users:

  • 49420 adults, 29102 children
  • 51863 females, 26669 males
  • Preferred languages (of the 16 languages the library is currently available in):
    • English (86%)
    • Spanish (4%)
    • Arabic (2%)
    • Persian (2%)
    • Chinese (Simplified) (1%)
    • French (1%)
    • Mongolian (1%)
    • Chinese (Traditional) (1%)
    • Croatian (<1%)
    • Portuguese (<%)
    • Hebrew (<1%)
    • German (<1%)
    • Filipino (<1%)
    • Russian (<1%)
    • Thai (<1%)
    • Italian (<1%)
  • Adults can choose their preferred search interface, and they choose Simple Search 84% of the time, followed by Advanced (14%), and Location (2%).
  • The connection speed of our users breaks down to 18% dial-up, 36% high-speed, and 46% unknown.

***Searching & browsing

Between May 25, 2005 and August 31, 2005, we looked at what our library users were searching for. This data helps us improve our search interfaces and understand what library users are looking for in a digital library.

Users overwhelming prefer our Simple search interface. The usage of our various search interfaces breaks down to the following:

  • Simple search (71%)
  • Advanced search (15%)
  • Text or keyword search (10%)
  • Location search (3%)
  • Author search (1%)

The top ten searches in the Simple Search interface were:

  1. English books
  2. Books for three- to five-year-olds in all languages
  3. Books for six- to nine-year-olds in English
  4. Featured books
  5. Books for six- to nine-year-olds in all languages
  6. Books for three- to five-year-olds in English
  7. Spanish books
  8. Books for ten- to thirteen-year-olds in all languages
  9. Short books
  10. Books for ten- to thirteen-year-olds in English

In the Advanced Search interface, the top ten searches were:

  1. Featured books
  2. Books for ten- to thirteen-year-olds in all languages
  3. Books for three- to five-year-olds in all languages
  4. Books for six- to nine-year-olds in all languages
  5. English books
  6. 1800s
  7. 1900-1929
  8. Spanish
  9. Short books
  10. 2000s

Users searched with our keyword search box over 26,000 times. The top ten text or keyword searches were:

  1. spanish
  2. harry+potter
  3. russian
  4. children's international books
  5. arabic
  6. alice
  7. farsi
  8. children book
  9. filipino
  10. school day book