MHLS Quotable Facts
Did you know?
- More than one out of every
two people in the Hudson Valley have Library cards (63%).
- There were over 3.5 million
visits to MHLS member libraries (2006).
- Member libraries
saved their communities over $14.5 million* by sharing items in 2006.
(*Based on $20 an item.)
- There are currently over 2.25
million items in the Online Public Library Catalog.
- Library patrons conduct more than
3 million searches a year in the Online Public Library Catalog.
- Over 800,000 reserves were
placed in 2006, a 54% increase since 2004.
- There are over 530 computers
available for public use at MHLS Member Libraries.
- Value of
Reference Services from MHLS Libraries: over $1.74 million in 2005.
(Based on Google Answers charge of a minimum of $2.50 a question.)
Can you imagine?
Total MHLS member Library program attendance exceeded 250,000 people.
If attendees had gone to a movie instead, it would have cost them nearly $2
(based on the cost of a movie ticket, $8)
Can you picture
Over 3.65 million Library items were circulated to area residents.
If those residents had purchased all those items it would have cost them over
(based on an estimated cost of $20 per item)
- MHLS serves 66 public libraries
in Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam and Ulster counties.
- The MHLS service area totals 3,000
square miles - that's as big as Connecticut and Rhode Island added together!
- Drivers for the MHLS delivery
service average 4,100 miles a week!
- For every $1 of State Aid put
into a public library system, approximately $12.50 in services is provided
for public library users.
Libraries at the State Level:
A Selection from the NYSL Division of Library Development's New
York's Libraries: How They STACK UP!
- New York's libraries hold more
than 210 million volumes statewide - that's about 11 items for each
person living in New York State.
- Over ten times more people
visit New York State's public libraries each year than attend New York State's
professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey games combined.
- Librarians in New York State deliver
nearly 27 million hours of service each year. (12,900
x 40 hours a week x 52 weeks)
Libraries at the National Level:
Facts About America's Libraries (ALA)
- A sampling from OCLC's How
Libraries Stack Up:
- US Public Library Cardholders
outnumber Amazon customers almost 5 to 1.
- US Libraries circulate about
the same number of items that FedEx ships per day. (more than 5.3 million
items per day)
- Five times more people
visit U.S. public libraries each year than attend U.S. professional and
college football, basketball, baseball and hockey games combined. (If
library patrons were to pay the average sporting game ticket price of
approximately $35 per visit, libraries would generate more than $39 billion
in annual revenues.)
about demonstrating the Economic Impact of your library through the Return on
Investment (ROI) section of the MHLS Administration & Management web page
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