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December 18, 2017

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Library Operations : Library Use

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Library closed Dec. 24 and 25

All locations of The Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25.

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