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It's official, Floridians love libraries

Libraries of all types across Florida collected statistics, pictures, and stories from users to show what a typical day in the life of a Florida Library looks like. The Alachua County Library District participated and would like to provide a snapshot of the results.

One of the highlights of this year's statewide participation was the remarkable increase in the types of libraries: small town libraries, cooperatives, big city libraries, public libraries, community colleges, universities, private colleges, school media centers, special libraries, and everything in between. From Pensacola to Miami library visitors shared their stories which showcase the positive impacts libraries have in the communities they serve.

  • 5,606 patrons visited a library in Alachua County and borrowed 11,353 books, DVDs, magazines, or other items
  • Across the State of Florida -
  • 287,631 Floridians visited a library and borrowed 298,653 books, DVDs, magazines, or other items.
  • 56,813 people used a library computer and 8,872 learned computer skills.
  • 33,673 received answers to their questions.
  • 23,089 children, teens and adults attended library events or instruction sessions.
  • 8,968 students were helped with schoolwork.
  • more stats

Libraries need economic, political, and community support to provide patrons, students, and clients quality resources and this level of service. The Alachua County Library District thanks its patrons, Alachua County citizens, the ACLD Governing Board, the ACLD Foundation, the Friends of the Library and numerous partners for their support and participation in 2011. 

Happy New Year and we look forward to serving the community in 2012.

Posted by NickieK on December 28, 2011