Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Burbank's Circulation - Biggest Month Ever !

Library Director Sharon Cohen announced that the circulation statistics at Burbank Public Library for March were truly impressive—it was the biggest month ever !

129,168 items were checked out @ BPL
55,567 @ Central
60,756 @ Buena Vista
12,845 @ Northwest

This is a 5% increase for the 9 months of this fiscal year – 2008/09

Children’s materials have also shown a steady increase
10% increase at Central = 29% of the Central’s total circulation
8% @ Buena Vista = 36% of BV’s total circulation
5% @ Northwest = 35% of NW’s total circulation

Audio Visual materials
3% overall
25% @ Northwest

Internet
18% increase @ all three libraries = 247,000 users
Central - 20%
BV - 17%
NW - 21%

Website use is also up 11% = 4,585 hits in March

Cohen added that as the economy gets worse, the public uses the library more. This is proving true nationwide. But as usage goes up, budgets are going down !

1 person in Burbank using the services below is a $366.00 value.

For every tax dollar spent, you receive $ 366.00 of value in return !

Books borrowed @ $25
Paperbacks borrowed @ $10
Magazines borrowed @ $5
Rental movies @ $4
Audio books borrowed @ $20
CDs borrowed @ $15
Link + Interlibrary Loan requests@ $25
Materials used in library @ $20
Adult programs attended @ $10
Children’s programs attended @ $6
Information questions answered @ $10
Technical assistance @ $3
Computer training @ $75
One-on-one Literacy tutoring @ $28
Live Homework Help @ $12
Hours of public computer used @ $12
Electronic resources used @ $20
Meeting rooms use in hours @ $50

What is the value of BPL to you ?
Use the BPL Library Value Use Calculator and find out.

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