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How Well Do You Know Your Library?

You might be surprised at some of the Bacon Memorial District Library statistics.

How many visitors do you think the Bacon Memorial District Library had in one year? Would you be able to guess the number of materials checked out in the same period of time?

Patrons might be taken aback at the amount of hours the library is open per year or how many print matierals they offer for reading. 

The library, which is open six days per week, offers many things besides books.

Residents can utilize the library's website any time, any day. There they can manage their accounts, request matierals and pay bills.

The Bacon Memorial District Library has other resources, such as online databases and seachable city directories from 1898 to 1940. 

Besides books, patrons can check out DVDs or download ebooks and audiobooks to their personal devices without even leaving their home.

Here are some facts you might find interesting about your library. All of the data is from July 2011 through June 2012.

  • There were 120,419 visitors to the library
  • 131,714 materials were checked out by patrons 
  • There are 56,174 print materials in the library 
  • There are 5,564 DVDs and videos in the library
  • There are 16,551 downloadable audio and ebooks residents may access
  • 4,874 people of all ages attended programs hosted at the library
  • 353 children signed up for summer reading 
  • The library is open 2,886 hours this year
  • There are 22 employees at the library
  • 10,369 reference questions were answered
Dwight D. Conger December 04, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Nice building, helpful staff, woefully inadequate book selection. 90% of the time, they don't have what I'm looking for.
Donald Witt December 04, 2012 at 12:39 PM
And what is it that you are looking for 90% of the time? Did you find it someplace else? I hope you have informed them of their not being able to service your needs.
Margaret Gerberding December 04, 2012 at 01:01 PM
If we don't have the materials you are looking for, you can place a hold and have the item(s) sent from many other libraries all over Michigan. Ask the librarian if you need help with a hold.
Tom Skyler December 04, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Our family recently got a card there and my daughters checked out a few books, very fun for them
Denise Green December 04, 2012 at 09:58 PM
You can even go online, see if the library has what you are looking for before you head out and then request exactly what you would like to read (provided it is owned by one of the other libraries in our large network) and get notified when it is available. Dropping in to browse is also great. My favorite thing is the new releases table. I've read quite a few books that I might not normally have picked up because they were selected for that area!

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