2021 Statistical & Financial Summaries

Facilities: Central Library, 26 neighborhood branches and Mobile Services

Staffing: 651 (part- and full-time)


Physical items*
Print 3.4 million
Media (CDs, DVDs, audiobooks) 1.1 million
Equipment (laptops, tablets, Wi-Fi hotspots, Kill A Watt power meters) 11,000
Total physical circulation 4.5 million
Digital items
E-books and e-audiobooks 4.4 million
Streaming and downloadable media 1.8 million
Total digital circulation 6.2 million
Total Circulation 10.7 million
Holds placed
Physical items 2.3 million
Digital items 2.4 million
Total Holds 4.7 million

Collection Size

Central Library 1.02 million
Branches and other 856,000
Total physical collection* 1.87 million
E-collection 793,000
Total Collection 2.7 million

Patron Visits

In-building visits to Central Library and branches* 783,000
Curbside visits 238,000
Online visits (website and catalog visits) 10.4 million
Total Patron Visits 11.4 million

Social Media

Facebook fans 53,000
Twitter followers 25,000
YouTube Subscribers 2,160
Instagram followers 28,000

Service Levels and Programs

Assisted Information questions answered  218,000
Database sessions  258,000
Virtual classes, events or activities 1,000+
Public computer and Wi-Fi sessions* 637,000

Operating Budget 

Personnel 61.7 million
Books and materials 9.4 million
Maintenance, security and utilities 4.2 million
Equipment 967,000
Supplies 771,000
Other (City Central costs, software, training and programming support) 5.6 million
Total Operating Budget $82.6 million

*The Library began reopening building for in-person services starting in April 2021, and had reopened all 27 locations by the end of October 2021.

**Our operating budget figures include gifts from The Seattle Public Library Foundation, which accounted for 4.5% of the budget in 2021. Note that the amount and conditions of Foundation grants are at the sole discretion of The Seattle Public Library Foundation’s independent Board of Directors.

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