Annual Reports

The State of the Library, March 2016

By the numbers:

  • In 2015, borrowing of books, ebooks, audiobooks, and other materials grew by 3.8% compared to 2014.
    • 602,463 items borrowed in 2015.
      • Bowling Green   473,649
      • Walbridge           46,186
      • Bookmobile        17,763
      • WC Jail Library   16,370
      • Ebooks/Etc.        48,495
  • Since 2002, borrowing has increased 36% (441,573 in 2002).

 

  • Even with purging over 6,000 accounts with 3 years of inactivity, the count of cardholders only dropped by 1,531 accounts. 
    • Total of 25,601 cardholders (3,889 children).
  • 1,326 programs and events attended by 25,025 people (up 10%).
    • 373 adult programs; 4,749 attendees.
    • 950 youth programs; 21,390 attendees.
      • Over 1,930 youth participated in the “Every Hero Has a Story” Summer Reading Program.

 

  • 21,454 items added to the collections.
  • 186,033 total items in the collections.
  • 116,376 questions answered by the staff (up 25%).
  • 245,484 visits to the webpage.
  • 2,242 Facebook fans (up 23%).
  • Foot traffic into the buildings averaged 4,839 visitors per week (up 19%).

 

  • 2015 Revenue:

Source:                                             Amount:              Percentage:

State Public Library Fund                $1,412,180          52.93%

Local Levy                                          $990,870           37.14%

Fines, Fees, Misc.                                $69,893            2.62%

Foundation & Friends                         $194,950             7.31%

Total                                                $2,667,893 

2015 Expenditures:

Category:                              Amount:              Percentage:

Personnel                                        $1,285,031          56.21%

Supplies                                               $30,813            1.35%

Services                                              $488,395           21.36%

New Books, Etc.                                  $388,198           16.98%

FFE & Technology                                $85,803             3.75%

Other                                                       $7,947             0.35%

Total                                                    $2,286,187

 

  • 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.
  • 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 2015, 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.

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