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FY 2022 Value of Select Library Services*

QuantityLibrary ServicesRetail ValueValue of Services
752,091Adult Books Borrowed$28.00$21,058,548
917,255Children’s Books Borrowed$20.25$18,574,414
688,364Digital Materials Borrowed$20.00$13,767,280
205,859DVD’s Borrowed$19.99$4,115,121
28,242Music CDs Borrowed$15.00$423,630
38,041Audiobooks on CD Borrowed$40.00$1,521,640
13,721Playaways Borrowed$65.00$891,865
1,179Little Leaper Kits Borrowed$189.00$222,831
1,597LEAP Science Kits Borrowed$110.00$175,670
764LEAP Music Kits Borrowed$250.00$191,000
1,375WiFi Hotspots Borrowed$50.00$68,750
12,824LSC Kits Borrowed$150.00$1,923,600
14,715LSC Toys Borrowed$25.00$367,875
1,133American Girl Dolls Borrowed$147.00$166,551
794Superhero Kits Borrowed$50.00$39,700
19,875Magazines Borrowed$3.76$74,730
41,690Interlibrary Loans$25.00$1,042,250
86Meeting Room Use$100.00$8,600
414,812Program Attendees$15.78$6,545,733
102,537Online Class Attendees$144.00$14,765,328
55,919Hours of Computer Use$12.60$704,579
389,860Database Searches$8.36$3,259,230
367,628Customer Queries Answered$7.00$2,573,396
Total Value $92,482,322

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

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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.

Some Harford County Public Library Facts (FY22)

Harford County Public Library operates 11 branches located throughout Harford County offering access to ideas that inform, entertain and inspire. Last year the library interacted with its residents more than 12 million times – borrowing free materials, visiting branches and the website, using free WiFi, and attending classes and events. In 2021 Harford County Public Library was named a Star Library by Library Journal.

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.

  • 749,576 customers visited our branches by walking in, or using our convenient drive-through service
  • 6,618,322 people made virtual visits to the library, used our website and our new library app
  • 2,877,491 items were borrowed from the library
  • 414,812 babies through adults attended library programs
  • 367,628 questions were answered by Librarians
  • 4,189 volunteer hours were donated to support the efforts of the Library