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Library Snapshot Day Captured IMCPL's Role in the Community

May 4, 2010

Nearly 19-thousand patrons visited the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library and over 20-thousand items were checked out during Library Snapshot Day on April 13, 2010, a day set aside during National Library Week to document a typical day in the life of the library and to underscore its importance in the lives of families and individuals.

Library Snapshot Day not only provided a statistical look at library usage, but also gave staff an opportunity to chronicle through photographs the range of activities that serve the public and take place behind the scenes that allow the library to operate efficiently. These include the cataloging of books, loading delivery trucks, opening boxes of materials and placing items on library shelves.

A look at April 13 activities found 18,672 visits to the Library's 22 branch locations, Central Library downtown, and the Bookmobile. There were 20,620 items checked out, 21,186 items returned, 6,283 sessions logged onto public computers, and 2,296 reference questions answered by IMCPL staff. Little Bitty Bookmobiles made 15 visits to local day cares. Statistics were also tallied on the number of materials delivered, received and processed by staff.

Hundreds of photographs that tell the Library story during Library Snapshot Day are available at Visitors are able to access photos from their favorite branch and view the day's usage statistics from any location.

In 2009, IMCPL set all-time records in such areas as patron visits (5.9 million), circulation (17.1 million items), computer session hours (1.2 million) and web visits (10.2 million). Increases were also seen in registered borrowers (511,974) and reference transactions (952,256). The Library was also given a 4-star rating by the Library Journal professional trade publication, a top 10 ranking among urban libraries in the Hennen American Public Library index, and the prestigious "Library of the Future" award from the American Library Association for the innovative Learning Curve at Central Library.