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December 13, 2017

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Library Operations : Library Use

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Library Use in 2016

Statistical and Financial Summaries

Facilities

  • Central Library, 26 neighborhood branches and Mobile Services

 

Staffing

  • 695 staff members
    (584.5 full-time equivalents)

 

2016 Circulation

  • Adult books: 2,923,421
  • Children's books: 2,483,277
  • Media (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks): 3,266,635
  • Digital/downloadable media: 3,034,778

Total: 11,708,111

 

2016 Collection Size

  • Library locations: 2,289,375
  • Virtual Library: 359,520 (e-books, e-audiobooks only)

Total: 2,648,895

 

2016 Patron Visits

  • Library locations (door count): 5,481,047
  • Virtual visits (internal and external Web site visits): 5,996,681

Total:  11,447,728

 

2016 Service Levels and Programs

  • 760,135  reference questions answered (in person, phone, fax, mail, email, Live Help chat, online Homework Help)
  • 4,652,599 holds placed
  • 378,380 database sessions
  • 361,423  people attended in person or listened by podcast to 10,847 programs at the Central Library and neighborhood branches 

 

2016 Operating Budget

  • Personnel: $52,880,373
  • Books and Materials: $7,322,362
  • Equipment: $1,734,063
  • Maintenance, Security and Utilities: : $3,431,050
  • Supplies: $525,462
  • Other: $4,881,007

Total: $70,774,317

 

Event Services

  • Managing Central Library meeting facilities and building tours

 

Meeting rooms

  • 548 private group rentals
  • 35 nonprofit groups used free meeting room spaces
  • 1,137 programs were hosted by the Library in meeting rooms
  • 568 Library staff meetings and staff trainings

Total meetings supported: 2,288

 

Tours

  • 295 people took scheduled group tours of the Central Library
  • 2,033 cellphone tours

 

Volunteers

  • 843 individuals contributed 26,784 volunteer hours to assist with:
    • Repairing and cleaning books
    • Assisting with story times
    • Welcoming patrons to the Central Library and providing directional assistance
    • Assisting staff at Library events
    • Tutoring students

 

Social media

  • Facebook fans: 44,564
  • Twitter followers: 16,764
  • Pinterest followers: 1,942
  • Instagram followers: 9,318