Thanks to the wonderful patrons of Albany Library, recent months have been the busiest in Albany Library history! Circulation stats bypassed unlucky 13 and hit a lucky 14! The 14% increase in business over the last fiscal year shows that public libraries are more relevant than ever–whether for job searches, email access, free events or an old-fashioned excursion into the pages of a good book.
This increase breaks down to an average of 33,000 circulated items per month with a very high volume of holds placed and filled. The staff stretches itself to keep up with the business, while remaining responsive to individual questions and needs.
Success is due to community involvement. The library invites individual users to shape the service and improve the collection so it reflects what the community wants and needs. Our luckiest number is the 1 person who walks out the door with the material or information (s)he was seeking.