Four bicycles were installed at our Maple Valley Branch Library, which was designated as a Summit Bike Share station. The program is a collaboration of the Ohio & Erie Canalway, Summit County Public Health, and Summit Cycling Center.
We installed Short Story Dispensers at the Akron-Canton Airport, Akron Children’s Hospital, and the Robert Pfaff Metro RTA Transit Center, thanks to a grant from the Knight Foundation through the Public Library Association.
Registration for our Mind, Body & Sole summer reading program was UP 20% over 2017, with 10,108 adults, teens, and children participating.
We expanded our digital collection with four new streaming video services: Acorn TV, Kanopy, Indie Flix, and Quello
Thanks to a partnership with KultureCity, our library was the first library system in the USA to become certified sensoryinclusive. Almost 400 library staff were trained as part of the new initiative.
In partnership with the Akron Art Museum, the Akron Art Library launched. It is a collection of 27 original paintings, prints, photographs, and mixed-media created by local, regional, and international artists.
We added 41 kitchen tools to our catalog of items, expanding our “Library of Things” collections.
Springfield-Lakemore Branch Library, our 18th branch location, opened in February.
As part of the strategic planning process, we revised our Core Values and developed a customer experience statement, aka the “Library Promise.”
The Library Promise
Each and every customer will experience exceptional and personalized customer service.
|Library Statistics 2018|
|Population of legal service area:||377,588|
|Visits to Library facilities:||nearly 2.2 million|
|Items available:||2.4 million|
|Items borrowed:||nearly 4.6 million|
|Public Internet computers:||553|
|Computer logins / WiFi connections:||nearly 1.4 million|
|Uses of Library mobile app:||4.3 million|
|State Public Library Fund||$12,099,473|
|Fines & Fees||$450,167|
|Contributions, Gifts, and Donations||$14,171|
|Salaries and Benefits||$17,094,813|
|Purchased and Contracted Services||$5,171,281|
|Library Materials and Information||$3,802,934|