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FY 2018 Value of Select Library Services*

QuantityLibrary ServicesRetail ValueValue of Services
826,648Adult Books Borrowed$20.00$16,532,960
815,803Children’s Books Borrowed$20.00$16,316,060
715,464Digital Materials Borrowed$20.00$14,309,280
741,955DVD’s Borrowed$4.00$2,967,820
93,985Music CDs Borrowed$15.00$1,409,775
96,582Audiobooks on CD Borrowed$35.00$3,380,370
28,036Playaways Borrowed$65.00$1,822,340
1,823Little Leaper Kits Borrowed$189.00$344,547
4,381LEAP Kits Borrowed$110.00$481,910
827LSC Kits Borrowed$150.00$124,050
13,909LSC Toys Borrowed$25.00$347,725
3,125American Girl Dolls Borrowed$147.00$459,375
2,136Superhero Kits Borrowed$50.00$106,800
30,522Magazines Borrowed$3.76$114,762.72
79,646Interlibrary Loans$25.00$1,991,150
497Meeting Room Use$100.00$49,700
75,886Adult Program Attendees$16.00$1,214,176
176,853Kid’s/Teen Program Attendees$15.78$2,790,740.34
59,091Online Class Attendees$144.00$8,509,104
269,053Hours of Computer Use$12.60$3,390,067.8
1,195,459Database Searches$6.83$8,164,984.97
465,447Customer Queries Answered$7.00$3,258,129
 
Total Value $88,085,826.83

*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.


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Some Harford County Public Library Facts (FY18)

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

  • 1,638,875 customers visited our branches by walking in, or using our convenient drive-through service
  • 11,074,336 people made virtual visits to the library, used our website and our new library app
  • 3,616,111 items were borrowed from the library
  • 319,797 babies through adults attended library programs
  • 465,447 questions were answered by Librarians
  • 32,181 volunteer hours were donated to support the efforts of the Library