Check Out Our 2019 Annual Report!

by West Bend Library on 2020-03-06 12:00:00

The West Bend Community Memorial Library was a busy place in 2019! We keep track of various statistics to help us measure how we're doing, and we thought we'd share them with you.

In 2019, the library had 41,560 registered library card holders. Those patrons checked out 459,608 items - that's an average of about 11 items per person! They also downloaded 60,174 ebooks, eaudiobooks, and other digital materials. Plus, they logged in to our public internet computers 11,721 times - that's incredible!

As you probably know, you don't need a library card to use our study rooms or log into our wi-fi. We had 2,779 meeting and study room uses; considering each room holds at least one person, that means thousands of folks used the library to study, hold meetings, work on group projects, and more! Plus, we had 20,363 unique logins to our wi-fi, which is pretty amazing. On top of that, our librarians answered 18,638 reference questions - that's about 51 per day (and that's not taking into account that we're closed Sundays and some holidays)!

Moreover, the library held 573 programs in 2019, with a total attendance of 18,591. Our summer reading programs alone attracted 1,873 children and teens, and the adults of our community read 1,356 books last summer. 

Of course, we couldn't do it without the support of our community. Between adult volunteers and our 70+ teen volunteers, we logged 3,426 volunteer hours at the library. We're so grateful for all their help keeping the library running smoothly! The library also relies on tax support from the City of West Bend ($716,985 in 2019), from Washington County ($603,993 in 2019), and from other adjacent counties ($11,476 in 2019). That monetary support coupled with our amazing volunteers help us provide you with all these programs and resources!

Thank you for your support and patronage in 2019. We're well on the way to making 2020 an even better year!

To see the full graphic summarizing the annual report, click here.