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December 21, 2014

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Library Operations : Library Use in 2013

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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, Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Christmas Day Thursday, Dec. 25.

 

Service interruption in the Library's Online Catalog - Jan. 1

Between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 1,  the Library will be upgrading its electrical power system. During the upgrade, you will be able to search the catalog, but won't be able to log in, place holds, renew items or use other catalog features. The former Library catalog (Horizon Information Portal) will not be available at all. SPL Mobile, access to e-books, free music downloads and many databases and applications also will be unavailable.

Library Use in 2013

Statistical and Financial Summaries

Facilities

  • Central Library, 26 neighborhood branches and Mobile Services

 

Staffing

  • 674 staff members
    (567 full-time equivalents)

 

2013 Circulation

  • Adult books: 3,731,477
  • Children's books: 2,540,883
  • Media (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks): 4,315,485
  • Digital/downloadable media: 1,268,259

Total: 11,856,104

 

2013 Collection Size

  • Central Library: 1,248,273
  • Branches: 953,693
  • Virtual Library: 224,376

Total: 2,426,342

 

2013 Patron Visits

  • Central Library (door count): 1,833,915 
  • Branches (door count): 4,900,740
  • Virtual visits (internal and external Web site visits): 7,214,323

Total:  13,948,978

 

2013 Service Levels and Programs

  • 880,845 reference questions answered (in person, phone, fax, mail, email, Live Help chat)
  • 261,366 people attended 8,228 programs at the Central Library, neighborhood branches and Mobile Services
  • 78,113 podcast downloads of Library programs

 

2013 Operating Budget

  • Personnel: $48,643,703
  • Books and Materials: $6,307,969
  • Equipment: $2,696,050
  • Maintenance, Security and Utilities: $3,360,838
  • Supplies: $727,545 
  • Other: $1,837,076

Total: $63,573,181