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FY 2017 Value of Select Library Services*

QuantityLibrary ServicesRetail ValueValue of Services
991,864Adult Books Borrowed$20.00$19,837,280
904,946Children’s Books Borrowed$20.00$18,098,920
1,320,934Digital Materials Borrowed$20.00$26,418,680
829,411DVD’s Borrowed$4.00$3,317,644
99,177Music CDs Borrowed$15.00$1,487,655
94,144Audiobooks on CD Borrowed$35.00$3,295,040
31,407Playaways Borrowed$65.00$2,041,455
1,982Little Leaper Kits Borrowed$189.00$374,598
3,904LEAP Kits Borrowed$110.00$429,440
764LSC Kits Borrowed$150.00$114,600
15,109LSC Toys Borrowed$25.00$377,725
2,856American Girl Dolls Borrowed$147.00$419,832
2,197Superhero Kits Borrowed**$50.00$109,850
36,074Magazines Borrowed$3.76$135,638
56,730Interlibrary Loans$25.00$1,418,250
504Meeting Room Use$100.00$50,400
84,347Adult Program Attendees$16.00$1,349,552
180,057Kid’s/Teen Program Attendees$15.78$2,841,299
397,141Hours of Computer Use$12.60$5,003,977
473,190Customer Queries Answered$7.00$3,312,330
Total Value $90,324,065

*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 (FY17)

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

  • 1,712,259 customers visited our branches by walking in, or using our convenient drive-through service
  • 13,751,600 people made virtual visits to the library, used our website and our new library app
  • 4,664,869 items were borrowed from the library
  • 260,525 babies through adults attended library programs
  • 473,190 questions were answered by Librarians
  • 31,923 volunteer hours were donated to support the efforts of the Library