Boise Public Library Facts about the library! The Boise Public Library continues to meet the educational, informational, and recreational needs of a growing community. Here are some facts about local library service. Source: Boise Public Library statistics, fiscal year 2006 (Oct. 1, 2005-Sept. 30, 2006). ♦ The library circulated 1,482,620 library Important Phone Numbers materials, including books, movies, music and Adult Reference 384-4076 software. Children’s Services 384-4200 ♦ An average of 3,200 library customers visited Bookmobile 384-4269 the library each day (1,123,027 visits for the Towne Square Library 375-5020 year). TeleCirc Automated Circulation System 384-4450 ♦ Library staff answered 187,499 reference Public Meeting Room Reservations 384-4076 questions. Library Administration 384-4238 ♦ Library programs were attended by 45,520 TTY 1-800-377-3529 children and adults. Ask-A-Librarian Askalibrarian@cityofboise.org ♦ During the library’s 2006 Summer Reading program, ◊ 3,377 kids read for 35,911 hours; ◊ 342 teens read for 6,466 hours; and ◊ 392 adults read over 3,700 books. ♦ Active borrowers with library cards numbered 75,000. Here are some facts about America’s libraries as reported by the American Library Association. Sources: ALA Office for Research & Statistics; ALA Public Information Offic. All facts compiled in 2006. ♦ Public libraries are the number one point of online access for people without Internet connections at home, school or work. ♦ 63% of adults in the U.S. have public library cards. ♦ A 2006 poll conducted for the American Library Association found that 92% of respondents expect libraries to be needed in the future, despite the increased availability of information via the Internet. ♦ There are more public libraries than McDonald’s in the U.S.—a total of 16,549, including library branches. ♦ Americans check out an average of over 7 books a year. They spend an average of $30.49 a year for the public library—about the average cost of one hardcover book. ♦ Americans spend more than twice as much on salty snacks as they do on public libraries. ♦ 98.9% of public libraries provide public access to the Internet. ♦ Reference librarians in the nation’s public and academic libraries answer more than seven million questions weekly. ♦ Standing single file, the line of questioners would stretch from New York City to Juneau, Alaska. ♦ Americans go to school, public and academic libraries 50% more often than they go to the movies. revised June 2007—jmh www.boisepubliclibrary.org Libraries Build Communities!