Annual Reports

The State of the Library, February 2020

  • In 2019, the number of books, e-books, audiobooks, large print books, etc. borrowed by our community grew by 5% to a total of 783,166 check-outs system-wide including:
Bowling Green - 480,961 Walbridge - 67,037
Bookmobile - 23,396 WC Jail Library -16,753
E-books/Digital Content -195,019  

Since 2012, the number of items borrowed has increased 29% (605,799 in 2012).

  • Number of cardholders increased 7.6% (to 29,827), even after purging 2,630 inactive accounts.
  • We offered 1,472 programs attended by 29,864 people:
    • 293 adult programs with 5,198 attendees.
    • 1,179 youth programs with 24,666 attendees.
  • 2,113 Summer Reading registrants enjoyed a Universe of Stories.
  • The library owns a collection of 197,679 physical items.
    • 15,562 physical items were added.
      • Plus 2,464 digital items were added.
    • 12,929 physical items were withdrawn.
  • Volunteer hours increased 5% (3,880 hours) thanks to our dedicated corps of VolunTeens!
  • The tally of questions answered by the staff grew 2% (to 111,020).

2019 Highlights:

  • The Foundation’s Novel Night gala auction raised over $154,000 for the purchase of new books, audiobooks, e-books, large print books, and picture books.
  • The 1974 chiller plant and the 1994 condenser unit were replaced to ensure effective and efficient air conditioning of the BG building.
  • Author visits: Hank Phillipi Ryan headlined Crime Solvers Weekend, Beth Macy kicked off the Foundation Series, Nate Blakeslee (Foundation Series), and Amy Stewart (Community Reads).

2018 Revenue:

Source: Amount: Percentage:
State Public Library Fund $1,585,466 54.39%
Local Levy $1,050,814 36.05%
Fines, Fees, Misc. $94,505 3.24%
Foundation & Friends  $184,376 6.32%
 Total  $2,915,161  

 

2018 Expenditures:

Category: Amount:   Percentage:
Personnel $1,457,656 59.66%
Supplies  $31,477 1.29%
Services $448,071 18.34%
New Books, Etc. $423,246 17.32%
FFE & Technology   $69,838 2.86%
Other $13,178 0.54%
Total  $2,443,466  

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  • 0.8 mill, 5-year levy passed in November 2010 with 58% approval.
  • Levy RENEWED for 6 years in November 2014 with 70% approval. 
  • Levy funding accounts for 40% of the library’s tax revenue support.
  • The current levy will next be on the ballot in November 2020.

 

  • State funding for libraries is set at 1.70% of General Revenue.
  • As the economy improves and state revenues grow, so does revenue for public libraries.  As General Revenue decreases (or is cut), revenue for public libraries also decreases.
  • State funding accounts for 60% of the library’s tax revenue support.

You may download pdfs of the current and previous States of the Library, from the links below.