Champaign Public Library 2008-2009 Annual Report

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A Bright Spot

In a difficult year, the Champaign Public Library stood out as a bright spot at the center of our community. When many people found fewer doors open to them, our doors were open to all — and nearly 2,500 people came through them every day. Our library was there to address crucial community needs and provide the kind of enriching experiences that are more valued than ever:

  • Giving all children equal access to support for success in school
  • Helping job seekers and others looking to build skills or make a fresh start
  • Supporting families with free activities and books to enjoy together
  • Providing satisfying reading, learning, and cultural experiences

Library visits last fiscal year exceeded 819,000, up 11% from the previous year — and up 25% from the year before our new library opened. Close to 2.5 million items were checked out; that‘s nearly 40% more than in the old library.

Our new building accumulated a growing list of awards. And we were ranked among the top public libraries nationwide when we earned three stars in Library Journal magazine's first “Star Libraries” ratings. But comments from our community continued to show that what library users appreciate most is the responsive and caring service provided by our staff. Inside this report, a few of our staff members talk about this service and its impact. We also share highlights of the year and express our appreciation for the critical support provided by our Friends, Foundation, and donors.

In a year full of problems, it‘s been our privilege to be a source of solutions.

A Bright Spot for Learning


Friends & Volunteers


A Bright Spot for Living


Champaign Public Library Foundation


Library Financial Statements 08-09


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Library Usage 2008–2009

Items Borrowed
2,492,033 (+26%)

Patron Visits
819,229 (+17%)

Computer Uses
167,551 (+72%)

Program Attendance
61,955 (+14%)

Meeting Room Uses
6,841 (+205%)

Items in Collection
361,343 (+2%)

Library Cards
40,458 (+4%)

Compared to previous fiscal year

“I just love issuing kids their first library cards. To watch them come back week after week, learning how to find and check out books on their own, is great. In no time at all, they‘re even “helping“ their parents check out. You can just see the pride and sense of ownership they have for the library. Their enthusiasm is genuine — and it‘s contagious.”

Meg Schmaus
Circulation Services