Library Facts & Figures

See How the Boise Public Library Stacks Up!

iStock_000017446839Small-teentechnology.jpgYour libraries get A LOT of use! Check out the numbers below to see just how people are using our library system.

On a Typical Day*

  • 4,135 customer visits
  • 7,957 checkouts
  • 667 reference questions
  • 684 public computer sessions

Fiscal Year 2017

(Oct. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2017)

  • In-person visits—1,313,766
  • Items borrowed (circulation)—2,662,933
  • Program attendance—112,401 
  • Summer reading program—2,344 kids, teens, and adults 
  • Reference questions—221,226 
  • Public computer Internet sessions—221,447
  • Main Library hours open—3,202
  • Branch library hours open**—2,554
  • Active borrowers—130,924 
  • New cards issued—15,243 
  • Offsite online catalog page views—4,065,999
  • Onsite online catalog page views—1,073,526 
  • Average daily offsite catalog page views—11,140 
  • Average daily onsite catalog page views*—3,149
  • Volunteer hours—2,659
  • Volunteers—57
  • FY 2018 Budget—$11.96 million

*Daily average excluding holidays and other closures
**Each branch; excludes Bown Crossing, which was open 19 weeks, tallying 939 open hours.

Funding & Operations

Boise Public Library is a part of the City of Boise 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 dozens of volunteers work together to provide library services to the community.

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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