Connecting People… to the World of Ideas and Information. Our Library Is A Major Community Asset. Busiest Main Library in the country Among the busiest libraries in the U.S. Top 10 in Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings for libraries serving a population of 500,000 or more.
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to the World of Ideas and Information
Busiest Main Library in the country
Among the busiest libraries in the U.S.
Top 10 in Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings for libraries serving a population of 500,000 or more
5.6 million visits annually
15.6 million items borrowed in 2008
2.1 million reference questions
9.5 million items in our collection
Over 14,000 programs annually
40 branches and the Main Library
Online resources used 87 million times
907,000 square feet of space
Reference questions, computer use, visits, program attendance also up
Small Business Development
Using a conservative measure of value, the total quantifiable direct economic benefit of every dollar expended by libraries was
No property taxes
No financial support from Hamilton County, the City of Cincinnati or any Hamilton County cities or villages
Capital funds, gifts and prior-year savings used to operate this year will be gone in 2010.
The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County – the only metropolitan library in Ohio with no local funding.
Hamilton County (1 library) $ 0
Cuyahoga County (9 libraries) $81.3
Franklin County (7 libraries) $32.2
Lucas County (1 library) $14.0
Summit County (7 libraries) $14.4
Montgomery County (4 libraries) $12.5
Stark County (7 libraries) $ 5.4
Mahoning County (1 library) $ 3.0
Local Funding Comparison
Generates $20 million annually
$2.50 per month/$100,000 of property value
Funds basic operating expenses, cost of meeting growing demand and maintenance of Library facilities
Keep branch libraries open
Continue to update books, reference materials and other materials
Continue special programs for children and teenagers, including homework centers
Maintain services for seniors
Upgrade public computers and online services
Keep high quality staff