Library Facts & Figures

See How Boise Public Library Stacks Up!

iStock_000017446839Small-teentechnology.jpgIf you think libraries have gone out of style, take a look at these numbers.  As you can see, Boise Public Library got a lot of use last year!  

On a Typical Day*

  • 4,226 in-person customer visits
  • 6,552 checkouts
  • 758 reference questions
  • 805 public PC sessions

Fiscal Year 2014

(October 1, 2013 - September 30, 2014)

  • In-person visits—1,426,828 
  • Items borrowed (circulation)—2,219,680 items
  • Program attendance—87,871 
  • Summer reading program—kids and teens read for 44,607 hours; adults read 8,314 books 
  • Reference questions—251,092 
  • Number of public computer Internet sessions—263,491
  • Main Library hours open—3,213
  • Branch library hours open**—2,552
  • Active borrowers—130,797 
  • New cards issued—15,670 
  • Offsite online catalog page views—3,525,977
  • Average daily offsite catalog page views—9,660 
  • Onsite online catalog page views—1,346,838 
  • Average daily onsite catalog page views*—3,923
  • Volunteer hours5,192
  • Volunteers100
  • FY 2015 Budget—$9.5 million

*Daily average excluding holidays and other closures
**Each branch

Funding & Operations

Boise Public Library is a part of the City of Boise government and is funded primarily through local property taxes. The Board of Trustees sets policy for operations, and the Friends of the Boise Public Library and the Boise Public Library Foundation provide additional financial support.  Approximately 150 employees and many volunteers working together to provide library services.

2011 Library Community Survey 


Contact Us

Phone: (208) 972-8200
Telecirc: (208) 384-4450
TTY: 1-800-377-3529

Director: Kevin Booe

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