Library Journal has once again recognized our Library as a Star Library and it’s all thanks to you! This prestigious national recognition is awarded to libraries that are most heavily used. Ratings are determined by the number of library visits, items borrowed, program attendance, and computer use per person. Our scores are then compared to other large public libraries across the country. A total of 7,513 public libraries were rated with Star Library status given to only 262 libraries or the top 3%. We are the only Library in the Tri-state to earn Star Library designation.
You and the other customers of the Library are using our services more than ever before! While this Star designation is based on 2009 statistics, Library usage in 2011 is continuing to break all records. At the end of October 2011, usage was up for the tenth straight month in all areas of service at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. The year to date number of items borrowed is up 8.5%. This translates into over 1 million more items circulating this year than the same time last year.
Although the number of print and audiovisual items circulating has increased significantly, the largest growth is in digital materials—including ebooks, e-audiobooks, and downloadable music—which is up 507% over the same 10-month period in 2010. In addition, year to date use of the Library’s online resources is 98% higher, attendance at programs at the Main Library and 40 branch libraries throughout Hamilton County is up 35%, and the number of active library cards is more than 20% higher than in the same time frame in 2010.
“We are delighted to see this explosion of library use across the board,” said the Library’s The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director Kim Fender. “It confirms that libraries matter to our communities and that we are providing our residents with services, materials, and programs that they want and need.”