Annual Reports

The State of the Library, March 2017

2016 By the Numbers

Borrowing of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and other materials remains strong.

   601,900 items borrowed in 2016.

   Bowling Green   452,645

   Walbridge           41,026

   Bookmobile        24,856

   WC Jail Library   20,302

   Ebooks/Etc.       63,072

Since 2002, borrowing has increased 36% (441,573 in 2002).

Use of digital items increased 30% over 2015.

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Total of 22,500 cardholders (3,988 children).

5,068 account purged (after 3 years of inactivity).

2,619 accounts created.

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1,431 programs and events attended by 27,672 people (up 11%).

283 adult programs; 4,173 attendees.

1148 youth programs; 23,499 attendees.

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22,364 items added to the collections.

184,577 total items in the collections (not counting eBooks).

102,700 questions answered by the staff.

2,599 Facebook fans (up 15%).

Foot traffic into the buildings averaged 4,547 visitors per week (up 13% over 2014).

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2016 Revenue

            Source:                              Amount:         Percentage:

State Public Library Fund               $1,407,788                53.3%

Local Levy                                    $   999,959                37.9%

Fines, Fees, Misc.                         $    77,406                  2.9%

Foundation & Friends                     $   155,052                  5.9%

Loan                                             $   600,000

            Total                                 $3,240,205

 

2016 Expenditures

     Category:                        Amount:      Percentage:

Personnel                         $1,372,712            49.2%

Supplies                           $    33,187               1.2%

Services                           $   794,768             28.5%

New Books, Etc.               $   408,370             14.6%

FFE & Technology             $  104,694               3.7%

Debt Services                   $    65,242               2.3%

Other                                $   13,153               0.5%

            Total                     $2,792,126

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  • 0.8 mill, 5-year levy passed in November 2010 with 58% approval.
  • Levy RENEWED for 6 years in November 2014 with 70% approval.
  • Levy currently accounts for nearly 38% of library revenue.
  • The current levy will next be on the ballot in November 2020.

State funding temporarily increased for two years in July 2015 from 1.66% to 1.70% of General Revenue. This increase may end in July 2017.

As the state's economy improves and state revenues grow, so does support for libraries.  As state General Revenue decreases or is cut, so does support for libraries.

In 2016, state funding accounted for nearly 53% of total revenue for the library

You may download a pdf of the State of the Library, 2016 from the link below.