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FY 2016 Value of Select Library Services*

QuantityLibrary ServicesRetail ValueValue of Services
1,146,162Adult Books Borrowed$20.00$22,923,240
897,531Children’s Books Borrowed$20.00$17,950,620
411,620Digital Materials Borrowed$20.00$8,232,400
891,818DVD’s Borrowed$4.00$3,567,272
113,985Music CDs Borrowed$15.00$1,709,775
96,685Audiobooks on CD Borrowed$35.00$3,383,975
33,277Playaways Borrowed$65.00$2,163,005
1,947Little Leaper Kits Borrowed$189.00$367,983
2,150LEAP Kits Borrowed$110.00$236,500
382LSC Kits Borrowed$150.00$57,300
13,471LSC Toys Borrowed$25.00$336,775
2,094American Girl Dolls Borrowed$147.00$307,818
2,393Superhero Kits Borrowed**$50.00$119,650
38,143Magazines Borrowed$3.76$143,418
49,475Interlibrary Loans$25.00$1,236,875
488Meeting Room Use$100.00$48,800
38,501Adult Program Attendees$16.00$616,016
206,182Kid’s/Teen Program Attendees$15.78$3,253,552
442,716Hours of Computer Use$12.60$5,578,222
3,954,318Database Searches$6.83$27,007,992
448,972Customer Queries Answered$7.00$3,142,804
Total Value $102,383,991

*The values above are based on the estimated retail value of the materials or services

**SuperHero kits launched June 2015

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Note: The values used above are based on the estimated retail value of the materials or services, with research from the Maine and Massachusetts State Libraries and HCPL staff.

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Some Harford County Public Library Facts (FY16)

  • Harford County Public Library offers customers an array of free resources including books, eBooks, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, computer use, author presentations and programs for all ages
  • People searching for jobs are using the Library to complete job applications, fax resumes, submit applications online, create email accounts, and search health information
  • 1,724,823 customers walked through our doors
  • 14,056,118 people made virtual visits to the library and used our website
  • 3,782,898 items were borrowed from the library
  • 244,219 babies through adults attended library programs
  • 448,972 questions were answered by Librarians
  • 32,200 volunteer hours were donated to support the efforts of the Library