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Library Statistics 

 Service Area

  • Service Population/Rochester and Olmsted County - 149,191
  • Number of Registered Patrons (City & County) - 63,238

Collection and Circulation

  • Total Collection (Physical and Electronic) - 549,523 
  • Total Items circulated in 2019 - 1,970,910

Size of Library Staff

  • Employees as of 12/31/2019 - 78.69FTE

Financial Support

  • Rochester Public Library Foundation:
    • 1995 - Foundation didn't exist!  The Library run an annual fund drive and raised about $21,000.
    • 2019 - Foundation gave $71,113.21 to the library
  • Friends of the Rochester Public Library:
    • 1995 - Bookstore sales $7,316; The Friends gave a total of $15,605.
    • 2019 - Bookstore sales $73,000; The Friends gave $61,313.50 to the library.
  • Volunteer Hours
    • 1998 - 9,607.25 (We didn't have 1995 statistics easily accessible, so we used 1998.) 
    • 2019 -- 20,552

Download the Rochester Public Library 2018 Snapshot document (PDF)

Library Budget

Download the 2020 Rochester Public Library Operating Budget (PDF)

The Library Operating Budget is funded from three primary sources: City Property taxes, County appropriation and library fees/revenues. The 2020 Operating Budget of $8,533,032 is funded as follows:

2020
General Property Taxes $ 7,158,871.00
PERA Aid $ 13,633.00
State Grants $ 15,000.00
County Appropriation $ 1,047,209.00
Fines & Fees $ 153,700.00
Prior Year Revenue $ 89,619.00
Miscellaneous Revenues $ 55,000.00
GRAND TOTAL $8,533,032.00

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