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What are the statistics on your current building?

  • Built in 1994/95
  • Opened to the public October 1995
  • Square footage: 85,470
  • Total Cost: $11,982,557 (of this amount, $1,256,485 was Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment)
  • Open 66 hours per week during the school year

What's the population you serve?

  • Rochester and Olmsted County - 141,985
  • Number of registered patrons (city & county): 76,747

Tell me about your collection

  • We have 456,471 items (excluding subscriptions)
  • In 2014 items circulated (checked out) 1,595,079
    • main library: 1,457,952
    • bookmobile: 137,127
    • city circulation: 1,249,268
    • county circulation: 239,216
    • other: 106,495

How many employees do you have?

  • As of 12/31/2014 there are 51.02 authorized staff AND
  • Approximately 71.36 FTE including part-time staff and student pages

The budget?

The Library Operating budget is funded from three primary sources: City Property taxes, Countyappropriation and library fees/revenues. The 2017 Operating Budget of $7,396,418 is funded as follows:

  • General Property Taxes  $ 6,238,060.00
  • PERA Aid  $ 13,633.00
  • State Grants  $ 5,000.00
  • County Appropriation  $ 937,394.00
  • Fines & Fees  $ 170,600.00
  • Investment Income  $ 6,000.00
  • Prior Year Revenue  $ 25,731.00

GRAND TOTAL  $ 7,396,418.00

2016 Summary Infographic (PDF)

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2016-Info-Graphic

Comparing 1995 to 2015

Circulation

1995 statistics - total item circulation - 1,070,714
2014 statistics - total item circulation - 1,638,503

(53 % increase 1995-2014)

 Materials
1995 - Total items in collection - 286,917
2015 (September) - Total items in collection - 485,883

(69 % increase 1995-2015)

 2,506 items are returned through the AMH each day

 Visitors

1995 - Attendance - 422,185
2014 - Main Library Attendance - 492,845
2014 - Bookmobile Attendance - 26,251
2014 - Total Attendance - 519,096

(33 % increase 1995-2014)

 Program Attendance

1995 - 8,401 people
2014 - 97,110 people

(1060 % increase 1995-2014)

 Homebound and Deposit Stats
2014 - 27,100 items checked out
30 deposit agencies
48 Homebound patrons

Bookmobile
2014 - Bookmobile Attendance - 26,251 people
2014 - Bookmobile Circulation - 137,127 items

 77 bookmobile stops

 Green Bookmobile - Hybrid Engine

Rooftop Solar Panels - which provide 100% of the electricity needed to run the bookmobiles, lights, heating/cooling and computers.

Many furnishings made of recycled materials or with low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)

 TS Material Processing

2014  - 42,869 physical items added
Books - 30,897 (9,903 were books that had holds when they arrived at RPL; an average of 835 books processed per month had holds)

DVDs - 6,704
CDs and CDROMs - 3,710
Games - 262
Kits - 107

 Averaged 3,572 physical items added per month.

There were records added for 19,224 digital items.

Types of Library Materials:

  • Books (adult/juvenile/YA) - fiction, nonfiction, regular print, large print, comic books, graphic novels, board books, picture books, books with CDs, etc.
  • DVDs (adult/juvenile) - Action, Western, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Comedy, Drama, and a huge International collection.
  • Spoken word CDs (adult/juvenile/YA) - fiction, nonfiction
  • Music CDs (adult/juvenile)
  • Games (juvenile) - for PS3, PS4, Xbox One, XBOX 360, Wii, Wii U, CD-ROM
  • Kits - Kits for Kids, RPL Science Fun to Go, Consider the Conversation, Book Group in a Bag, Book Group in a Bag for Kids
  • Magazines (adult/juvenile/YA)

 

2,127 books were mended in 2014

 Projects to make it easier to organize and find materials:

  • Separated out the Action DVDs into their own genre category. 
  • Reclassifying the children's informational books out of the Dewey Decimal Classification and into Book Map, a whole-language approach to classification.
  • Adding RFID tags to the entire collection.  This allows for quicker and more accurate checking in/checking out of materials. 

 

Interlibrary Loan Stats

1995 - 16,673 - Borrowed   1995 - 7,363 - Loaned 1995 - Total - 24,036 items

2014 - 17,478 - Borrowed    2014 - 18,691 - Loaned   2014 - Total - 36,169

(50 % increase 1995-2014)

 

Magazines

2014 - 516 Magazine Subscriptions

2014 - 7415 magazines added

2014 - 10,258 Circulated

 

Financial Support

  • Foundation:
    • 1995 - Foundation didn't exist!  The Library run an annual fund drive and raised about $21,000.
    • 2014 - Foundation gave $77,080 to the library
  • Friends:
    • 1995 - Bookstore sales $7,316; The Friends gave a total of $15,605.
    • 2014 - Bookstore sales $48,000; The Friends gave $112,254 to the library.
  • Volunteer Hours
    • 1998 - 9,607.25 (We didn't have 1995 statistics easily accessible, so we used 1998.) 
    • 2014 -- 17,386

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