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FY 2017 Value of Select Library Services*
|Quantity||Library Services||Retail Value||Value of Services|
|991,864||Adult Books Borrowed||$20.00||$19,837,280|
|904,946||Children’s Books Borrowed||$20.00||$18,098,920|
|1,320,934||Digital Materials Borrowed||$20.00||$26,418,680|
|829,411||DVD’s Borrowed||$4.00||$3,317,644 |
|99,177||Music CDs Borrowed||$15.00||$1,487,655|
|94,144||Audiobooks on CD Borrowed||$35.00||$3,295,040 |
|31,407||Playaways Borrowed||$65.00||$2,041,455 |
|1,982||Little Leaper Kits Borrowed||$189.00||$374,598 |
|3,904||LEAP Kits Borrowed||$110.00||$429,440 |
|764||LSC Kits Borrowed||$150.00||$114,600 |
|15,109||LSC Toys Borrowed||$25.00||$377,725 |
|2,856||American Girl Dolls Borrowed||$147.00||$419,832 |
|2,197||Superhero Kits Borrowed**||$50.00||$109,850 |
|36,074||Magazines Borrowed||$3.76||$135,638 |
|56,730||Interlibrary Loans||$25.00||$1,418,250 |
|504||Meeting Room Use||$100.00||$50,400 |
|84,347||Adult Program Attendees||$16.00||$1,349,552 |
|180,057||Kid’s/Teen Program Attendees||$15.78||$2,841,299|
|397,141||Hours of Computer Use||$12.60||$5,003,977 |
|473,190||Customer Queries Answered||$7.00||$3,312,330 |
*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