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Menlo Park Library: Local Library Comparisons. Benicia Burlingame Monterey Menlo Park. Recent Headlines…. “ California Libraries See Budget Crunch” Lateness of budget submission means the loss of about $15 million in state funds to libraries of all sizes.

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    1. Menlo Park Library: Local Library Comparisons Benicia Burlingame Monterey Menlo Park

    2. Recent Headlines… “California Libraries See Budget Crunch” • Lateness of budget submission means the loss of about $15 million in state funds to libraries of all sizes. • Governor removed a total of $8 million from the Public Library Foundation, which doles out state dollars to local libraries. Only $14.4 million remains for 181 libraries statewide. • Another $7 million was removed from the Transaction Based Reimbursement Program, which helps libraries finance inter-library loans. Source: Marin Independent Journal, 8/27/07

    3. Recent Headlines… “California Libraries See Budget Crunch” • Impact to MPL monies from the state Public Library Foundation: $11,876 in 07/08 vs. $17,752 in 06/05. A reduction of $5876. • The impact to MPL for the Transaction Based Reimbursement Program, for inter-library loans, will not be determined until the all the quarterly state surveys are completed.

    4. …Recent Headlines “San Francisco Public Library Budget Increases 6.5%” • SFPL users enjoy expanded hours and an enhanced book collection thanks to increased budget. • SFPL's operating budget for FY 2007-08 is $75.1 million, a 6.5% increase over last year. • 35% ($1.6 million) will go to the book and materials collection, a 22% increase over the last year’s $7.8 million. • Enhancements will be made to new/renewed electronic databases, computer and travel books, and international language materials. Source:Library Hotline, 8/27/07, p. 1

    5. Menlo Park Library Has the smallest portion of the budget of any City department, yet… has contact with the greatest numbers of Menlo Park citizens.

    6. MPL Budget Program Description: • “To make the world virtually available to the Menlo Park community through print, visual, audio, computer and online applications and resources. A closely related aim is to acquire such materials at a cost attractive to Menlo Park taxpayers.” • “Promote reading skills and lifelong learning by providing a welcoming, stimulating and safe environment, and by offering programs, instruction, and community involvement opportunities”

    7. City Population Comparisons • Benicia – 27,323 • Burlingame – 35,602* • Monterey – 30,641 • Menlo Park - 30,648 *Burlingame has two full-time libraries

    8. Library Cardholder Comparisions • Benicia 20,300 • Burlingame 33,491 • Monterey 18,066 • Menlo Park 25,231

    9. FTE Library Staff Comparisions • Benicia 24.35 • Burlingame 24.19 • Monterey 25.75 • Menlo Park 20.00

    10. Material Expenses/Population/Capita Comparisions • Benicia $7.80 • Burlingame $8.28 • Monterey $5.68 • Menlo Park $6.31

    11. Annual Material Circulation Comparision • Benicia 332,018 • Burlingame 610,061 • Monterey 422,626 • Menlo Park 602,548

    12. Comparisions