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Library statistics 

 Service area

  • Rochester and Olmsted County - 144,743
  • Number of registered patrons (city & county): 71,935

Collection and circulation

  • Total Collection (Physical and Electronic) 532,158 
  • In 2016 items circulated (checked out) 1,897,802

Size of Library Staff

  • 72.35 FTE as of 12/31/2017

Financial Support

  • Rochester Public Library Foundation:
    • 1995 - Foundation didn't exist!  The Library run an annual fund drive and raised about $21,000.
    • 2017 - Foundation gave $61,000 to the library
  • Friends of the Rochester Public Library:
    • 1995 - Bookstore sales $7,316; The Friends gave a total of $15,605.
    • 2017 - Bookstore sales $60,000; The Friends gave $67,757 to the library.
  • Volunteer Hours
    • 1998 - 9,607.25 (We didn't have 1995 statistics easily accessible, so we used 1998.) 
    • 2017 -- 24,188

 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 2018 Operating Budget of $7,904,868 is funded as follows:

2018
General Property Taxes $ 6,670,354.00
PERA Aid $ 13,633.00
State Grants $ 6,000.00
County Appropriation $ 969,820.00
Fines & Fees $ 167,000.00
Investment Income $ 8,500.00
Prior Year Revenue $ 69,561.00
GRAND TOTAL $ 7,904,868.00

 

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