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Library statistics 

 Service area

  • Rochester and Olmsted County - 144,743
  • Number of registered patrons (city & county): 71,935

Collection and circulation

  • We have 520,442 items (excluding subscriptions)
  • In 2016 items circulated (checked out) 1,749,585

Size of Library Staff

  • 73.25 FTE as of 12/31/2016

Financial Support

  • Rochester Public Library Foundation:
    • 1995 - Foundation didn't exist!  The Library run an annual fund drive and raised about $21,000.
    • 2016 - Foundation gave $56,000 to the library
  • Friends of the Rochester Public Library:
    • 1995 - Bookstore sales $7,316; The Friends gave a total of $15,605.
    • 2016 - Bookstore sales $58,000; The Friends gave $64,016 to the library.
  • Volunteer Hours
    • 1998 - 9,607.25 (We didn't have 1995 statistics easily accessible, so we used 1998.) 
    • 2016 -- 27,391

For more detailed information see our 2016 State Report as a PDF file.

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