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December 10, 2016

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Library Operations : Library Use

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Library Use in 2015

Statistical and Financial Summaries

Facilities

  • Central Library, 26 neighborhood branches and Mobile Services

 

Staffing

  • 690 staff members
    (584.4 full-time equivalents)

 

2015 Circulation

  • Adult books: 3,120,135
  • Children's books: 2,560,120
  • Media (DVDs, CDs, audiobooks): 3,262,493
  • Digital/downloadable media: 2,235,223
  • Other non-print: 366,076

Total: 11,544,047

 

2015 Collection Size

  • Central Library: 1,283,420
  • Branches: 904,368
  • Virtual Library: 277,190 (e-books, e-audiobooks only)

Total: 2,464,978

 

2015 Patron Visits

  • Central Library (door count): 1,544,390
  • Branches (door count): 4,486,889
  • Virtual visits (internal and external Web site visits): 6,805,412

Total:  12,836,691

 

2015 Service Levels and Programs

  • 745,873  reference questions answered (in person, phone, fax, mail, email, Live Help chat, online Homework Help)
  • 4,847,319 holds placed
  • 435,292 database sessions
  • 359,079  people attended in person or listened by podcast to 10,377 programs at the Central Library and neighborhood branches 

 

2015 Operating Budget

  • Personnel: $51,300,279
  • Books and Materials: $6,307,969
  • Equipment: $1,340,548
  • Maintenance, Security and Utilities: : $2,574,558
  • Supplies: $875,732
  • Other: $2,864,724

Total: $65,263,810

 

Event Services

  • Managing Central Library meeting facilities and building tours

 

Meeting rooms

  • 531 private group rentals
  • 44 nonprofit groups used free meeting room spaces
  • 1,452 programs were hosted by the Library in meeting rooms

Total meetings supported: 2,027

 

Tours

  • 702 people took scheduled group tours of the Central Library
  • 2,092 cellphone tours

 

Photo shoots

  • 28 photo or film shoots

 

Volunteers

  • 759 individuals contributed
  • 25,167 volunteer service hours

 

Social media

  • Facebook fans: 38,148
  • Twitter followers: 14,794
  • Pinterest followers: 1,618
  • Instagram followers: 4,765