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FY 2019 Value of Select Library Services*

QuantityLibrary ServicesRetail ValueValue of Services
818,627Adult Books Borrowed$20.00$16,372,540
821,516Children’s Books Borrowed$20.00$16,430,320
576,923Digital Materials Borrowed$20.00$11,538,460
642,218DVD’s Borrowed$4.00$2,568,872
68,355Music CDs Borrowed$15.00$1,025,325
77,078Audiobooks on CD Borrowed$35.00$2,697,730
28,036Playaways Borrowed$65.00$1,822,340
1,553Little Leaper Kits Borrowed$189.00$293,517
3,841LEAP Kits Borrowed$110.00$422,510
5,216LSC Kits Borrowed$150.00$782,400
13,869LSC Toys Borrowed$25.00$346,725
2,689American Girl Dolls Borrowed$147.00$395,283
1,958Superhero Kits Borrowed$50.00$97,900
25,484Magazines Borrowed$3.76$95,820
55,096Interlibrary Loans$25.00$1,377,400
513Meeting Room Use$100.00$51,300
353,550Program Attendees$15.78$5,579,019
85,059Online Class Attendees$144.00$12,248,496
233,095Hours of Computer Use$12.60$2,936,997
454,080Database Searches$8.36$3,796,109
464,007Customer Queries Answered$7.00$3,248,049
Total Value $83,971,047

*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 (FY20)

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

  • 1,054,717 customers visited our branches by walking in, or using our convenient drive-through service
  • 8,697,253 people made virtual visits to the library, used our website and our new library app
  • 2,646,019 items were borrowed from the library
  • 317,988 babies through adults attended library programs
  • 370,397 questions were answered by Librarians
  • 20,230 volunteer hours were donated to support the efforts of the Library