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Articles of Interest
FY 2016 Value of Select Library Services*
|Quantity||Library Services||Retail Value||Value of Services|
|1,146,162||Adult Books Borrowed||$20.00||$22,923,240 |
|897,531||Children’s Books Borrowed||$20.00||$17,950,620|
|411,620||Digital Materials Borrowed||$20.00||$8,232,400|
|113,985||Music CDs Borrowed||$15.00||$1,709,775|
|96,685||Audiobooks on CD Borrowed||$35.00||$3,383,975|
|1,947||Little Leaper Kits Borrowed||$189.00||$367,983|
|2,150||LEAP Kits Borrowed||$110.00||$236,500|
|382||LSC Kits Borrowed||$150.00||$57,300|
|13,471||LSC Toys Borrowed||$25.00||$336,775|
|2,094||American Girl Dolls Borrowed||$147.00||$307,818|
|2,393||Superhero Kits Borrowed**||$50.00||$119,650|
|49,475||Interlibrary Loans||$25.00||$1,236,875 |
|488||Meeting Room Use||$100.00||$48,800|
|38,501||Adult Program Attendees||$16.00||$616,016|
|206,182||Kid’s/Teen Program Attendees||$15.78||$3,253,552|
|442,716||Hours of Computer Use||$12.60||$5,578,222|
|448,972||Customer Queries Answered||$7.00||$3,142,804|
*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