Fun facts

From a TPL budget document (PDF):

  • The 2009 budget rings in at $175,777,400. Running 99 branches is not, apparently, cheap.
  • What’s the 100th branch gonna be? Well, the cat’s out of the bag: West Waterfront, AKA Waterfront Neighbourhood (a $7.42 million project [PDF]). Where is it located, exactly?
  • They’ve got 29 million items on shelves.
  • The library Web site gets 21 million hits a year.
  • There are 1,185,500 “registered borrowers.” The population of Toronto per se is only 2,503,281, so that means just under half the people of Toronto have library cards.
  • “Total activity has increased 46.7%” from 1999 to 2007.
  • “Holds filled have increased by 186.5%”; “books reserved have increased by 156.2%.” That’s because now it is easier than ever to sit at home and cruise through the entire library catalogue, placing holds on whatever seems remotely interesting. (Before the Web catalogue existed, I used to do the same thing via modem. Oldschool.)

The news isn’t all good. They’re losing $345,000 from their acquisitions budget for 2009. And they’re also planning on delivering items to branches once a day instead of twice, though I’d like to know how the very small branches were ever getting twice-daily deliveries in the first place and how huge district libraries are going to get by with only one. Jones Library may need only one delivery, while Northern District may need three.


2 thoughts on “Fun facts

  1. Joe, last I saw the planned location for the Waterfront West branch was Bathurst St. and Fort York Blvd. TCHC will have a couple of buildings just northeast of that intersection, and I believe the idea was to build it into the base of one of those. For more details, see the November 2005 board meeting, item #13.

  2. I have noticed a real lag in delivery time of hold items to Toronto Reference. What used to take 2-3 days now takes upwards of 10 days. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but going down to one delivery a day is going to hurt that delivery time even more!

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