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IMCPL Reports Record Year of Library Use

January 28, 2009

Central Library atrium

Library patrons are using the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in record numbers, with over 5.6 million patron visits and nearly 16 million items checked out in 2008, according to year-end statistics announced by the Library.

Those numbers represent a 6.8% increase in door count and a 12% increase in circulation over 2007, the fifth consecutive year of record increases in library use.

“During these challenging economic times, more patrons are discovering the Library as a great value in meeting their need for books and other information resources,” said Laura Bramble, IMCPL Chief Executive Officer. “People can avail themselves of a wide range of free offerings, from books to computers, all with the simple use of a Library card,” she added.

The Library saw 50,314 individuals become new library cardholders in 2008. Overall, there are 468,500 IMCPL cardholders. Patrons can use the library card not only to check out books and materials, but also to access a number of free online databases and download audiobooks from the Library’s website, as well as more easily access public computers at any IMCPL location.

During its first full year of service in 2008, the newly-transformed Central Library attracted 892,874 visitors, a 25% increase over 2001, the final full year of service at Central Library prior to its renovation. Patrons also checked out 732,522 items from Central Library in 2008, more than doubling the amount checked out in 2007 at the Interim Central Library and the new Central Library after it reopened.

At IMCPL branch locations, the most notable increases in patron visits were found at the West Indianapolis Branch (8% increase over 2007), the East Washington Branch (7%), and the Southport Branch (2%). Leading increases in circulation occurred at the West Indianapolis Branch (a 19% increase over 2007), the Haughville Branch (10.7%), and the InfoZone at The Children’s Museum (6%).

Books continued to be the most popular format in 2008, with nearly 62% of all items checked out, followed by DVDs (23%), music (9%), audiobooks (4%) and VHS (1.4%).

In 2009, IMCPL will begin implementation of a new five-year strategic plan, which will better align the Library’s programming and service priorities, and allocate available resources, according to community needs.