Because of the pandemic, in-person use of Duane G. Meyer Library on the main Springfield campus of Missouri State University came to a complete halt in March 2020 and has been rebounding slowly but surely ever since. Building usage has now completely rebounded, and then some.
In August of 2022, usage of Meyer Library surpassed the number of visitors to the building back in August 2019, before COVID-19 became a global health challenge. This complete rebound is doubly impressive, because the number of students at MSU had decreased slightly over the three year period, and the number of hours the library is open had decreased slightly. Also, in 2019 the first day of classes was August 19th, compared to August 22nd this year.
Door counts are just one of many measures of the use, usability, and usefulness of the spaces, content, and services provided by the MSU Libraries, in person and online. Based on this one measure, however, Meyer Library has completely bounced back.