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Library Statistics 

 Service Area

  • Service Population/Rochester and Olmsted County - 147,545
  • Number of Registered Patrons (City & County) - 64,244

Collection and Circulation

  • Total Collection (Physical and Electronic) - 549,523 
  • Total Items circulated in 2018 - 1,822,215

Size of Library Staff

  • Employees as of 12/31/2018 - 73.99FTE

Financial Support

  • Rochester Public Library Foundation:
    • 1995 - Foundation didn't exist!  The Library run an annual fund drive and raised about $21,000.
    • 2018 - Foundation gave $78,934 to the library
  • Friends of the Rochester Public Library:
    • 1995 - Bookstore sales $7,316; The Friends gave a total of $15,605.
    • 2018 - Bookstore sales $70,000; The Friends gave $60,056 to the library.
  • Volunteer Hours
    • 1998 - 9,607.25 (We didn't have 1995 statistics easily accessible, so we used 1998.) 
    • 2018 -- 22,195

 Download the Rochester Public Library 2017 Snapshot document (PDF)

Library Budget

The Library Operating Budget is funded from three primary sources: City Property taxes, County appropriation and library fees/revenues.  The 2019 Operating Budget of $8,252,509 is funded as follows:

2019
General Property Taxes $ 7,028,270.00
PERA Aid $ 13,633.00
State Grants $ 15,000.00
County Appropriation $ 999,844.00
Fines & Fees $ 156,900.00
Prior Year Revenue $ 29,712.00
Miscellaneous Revenues $ 9,150.00
GRAND TOTAL $8,252,509.00

 

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