The Canton Public Library is committed to transparency in all of its operations. This dashboard is intended to provide our community with a snapshot of the library’s 2019 financials, usage, and collection. Thanks to the financial diligence of the library board and staff, we have been carefully managing your tax dollars and making improvements to library collections, programs and services, as well as to the library facility as the building now exceeds 30 years of age. In 2019 we completely renovated and updated the Friends of the Library donation area, replaced the main parking lots and drives to meet current ordinances and ADA regulations, added a sidewalk along the west drive for additional pedestrian safety, and replaced our boiler system.
As we move forward in 2020 and beyond, we will continue our diligence in balancing financial constraints with the excellence that our community demands. We are proud to connect the Canton community and appreciate your patronage and support.
The Endowment Fund total balance at year-end was $549,723.
Employees, including part time, full time, substitutes, and interns, worked a total of 117,646 hours. Volunteers contributed 1,142 hours of volunteer work to the library.
There were 69,358 total library card holders. Of these, 81% were Canton Public Library Card holders.
Patrons checked out a total of 1,421,176 items and checked out over 180,309 electronic materials, including e-books. 28% of the items checked out were audio visual materials. Circulation of print materials included 58% children's books and 31% adult books.
The library has 454,246 items in the collection. 51% of materials at the library are print materials. 12% of the items at the library are DVDs. The library has 134,698 electronic materials, including 32,946 e-books.
Programs and Outreach
The library meeting rooms were used outside of library-sponsored programs 91 times over the course of the year.