Numbers Numbers Numbers

by on January 15th, 2019

Our community LOVES the Library! I’m looking at the report of use of the Library between July 1 and December 31, 2018 and it’s amazing to see the numbers. I know there are many stories about how the Library enriched lives woven through these numbers. Here’s a few snippets that made me smile 🙂

An average of …

208 people walk into the Library every hour we are open.

22 people visit the ICPL Bookmobile each hour it is in service (up from 14 last year!)

378 items were checked out every hour the Library was open.

In addition to this …

The Library hosted 716 non-Library meetings with an estimated 13,708 people attending.

2,847 individuals/groups used one of our Study Rooms on the 2nd Floor.

1,973 Ride and Read Bus Passes were distributed.

eMaterials checkouts were up 66% to 107,207 checkouts of 27,770 items.

Drop-In Tech Help answered 334 tech related questions.

The Info Desk answered 8,104 questions in person and the Switchboard answered 3,018 questions on the phone.

Our ICPL Mobile App was used 63,510 times. It’s available in the Apple App Store and in Google Play.

We mailed 995 packages of Library materials to our At Home patrons.

We sent 1,020 items to collections we support at retirement residences, neighborhood centers and other community sites.

17% of all items returned to the Library were returned at our two remote Book Return locations at First Avenue Hy-Vee and University of Iowa Community Credit Union on Mormon Trek. Library staff empty the Remote Book Returns 365 days a year!

2,549 teens attended 176 programs.

17,514 children attended 376 programs in the Library and 2,820 children attended 135 programs hosted in the community.

3,524 people got new Library Cards.

If you have a story about how the Library enriched your life or what these numbers mean to you, we’d love to hear from you!

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