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NYPL BY THE NUMBERS

PEOPLE | BOOKS+MORE
More people than ever before turned to The New York Public Library in 2012, seeking everything from books and e-books to computer classes, kids programs, job-search help, free English classes, and more.
FINANCIAL SUPPORT ALSO INCREASED IN 2012. IN THE GRAPHICS BELOW WEVE HIGHLIGHTED ATTENDANCE, COLLECTIONS, AND FINANCIAL NUMBERS THAT TELL OUR STORY.

PEOPLE

MORE PEOPLE ARE VISITING THE LIBRARY THAN EVER BEFORE

18 Million
Most Visited Libraries
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Mid-Manhattan Library Bronx Library Center Science Industry and Business Library

Total Library Visits

12%
FROM FY 08
Exhibition Attendance

2.3 million visitors 1. 5 million 679,979 423,079

782,469
Visitors in FY 12

Vistors at Mid-Manhattan Library


Busiest Time of Day: 1-2 PM

New York Public Library 347,868 for the Performing Arts

117,764 3,872
per per day

Programs and Attendance


60,000 Programs/1.2 Million Attendees

08

10

12

Attendees

1,168,127 72%
Programs

87%
FROM FY 08
EXHIBITIONS Celebrating 100 Years

FROM FY 08

Malcolm X: A Search for Truth Ghost: The Afterlife of a Poet Obama Presidency: A Look Behind the Scenes Quality: The World of Nel Coward Great American Revue Hour NYC

30,000 Programs/600,000 Attendees

08

09

10

11

12

55,140 73%

Shelleys

The

FROM FY 08

Star

The

Top Five Libraries for Programs

Lunch

1 2

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building 38,323 Participants | 571 Programs Seward Park Library 34,228 Participants | 1,420 Programs

3 4

Mid-Manhattan Library 33,876 Participants | 677 Programs Library for the Performing Arts 30,040 Participants | 228 Programs

Parkchester Library 26,840 Participants. | 1,165 Programs

LEARNING AT THE LIBRARY


Computer Classes
Engligsh As A Second Language
(ESOL)

367%
Borough Highlights
BRONX
Needed Job Fair at the Bronx Library Center

7,694

Computer Classes
FROM FY 11

HELLO!

1,857
NUMBER OF ESOL CLASSES

34,575
TOTAL CLASS ATTENDANCE

650
MANHATTAN

STATEN ISLAND

22,000 ft

Number of attendees to Financial help days at the Science, Industry and Business Library

Amount of new library space coming to Mariner's Harbor Library and Stapleton Library

OUR DIGITAL COMMUNITY


Visits to nypl.org

NYPL Social Networking

32 Million
NYPL eNews 169,693 Facebook 55,974 Foursquare 51,048 Tumblr 40,680
Favorite Tweet

15%

FROM FY 08

MORE THAN HALF A MILLION STRONG

NY Public Library @nypl

Twitter 211,583

Google can bring back a 100K answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one. -@neilhimself RT If you libraries http:/ow.ly/6PLtC

GIVING BACK
Membership

34,841
We Love our Volunteers

Number of Library Friends and Schomburg members

$180
Amount raised for NYPL by an Upper West Side lemonade stand

1,593
LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS

55.8

HOURS OF SERVICE PER VOLUNTEER

88,889
HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE

BOOKS+MORE

CIRCULATION IS AT RECORD LEVELS


Circulation
30 million items

28 Million
08 09 10 11 12

44%
FROM FY 08

18 million items

E-Books Circulated

667,162
Most Circulated Books
THE HUNGER GAMES THE LITIGATORS MOCKINGJAY

190%
FROM FY 08
THE UGLY TRUTH CABIN FEVER DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

THE LIBRARY HOLDS 51.3 MILLION ITEMS

Most Circulated Kids Books

Most Circulated eBook


THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATOO

2 by Suzanne Collins and 1 by John Grisham Top CDs

All by Jeff Kinney

By Stieg Larsson

Top DVDs

THE FAME MONSTER, Lady GaGa THRILLER 25, Michael Jackson THE SOUND OF MUSIC

ITS COMPLICATED (2009) THE BLIND SIDE (2009) ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

ACCESSING TECHNOLOGY
Hours of Public Computer Use
4 million hours

NYPL Laptop Use

441,434
reservations of

1,303
laptops

1 million hours
08 09

3,557,162 160%
FROM FY 08
Most Frequently Searched Databases at the Science, Industry and Business Library

10

11

12

60%

FROM FY 10

NYPL Labs What's on the Menu? Project

MORNINGSTAR ONLINE INVESTMENT RESEARCH CENTER

569,001 105,513
BY
Dishes Transcribed Web Users

REFERENCE USA

VALUE LINE INVESTMENT PLUNKETTS RESEARCH ONLINE RESEARCH CENTER

Whats on the Menu? enlists volunteers to help transcribe menus from the Librarys vast collection.

SATISFYING CURIOSITY
Reference Inquiries
81,091
Telephone

11,887,870
On-Site Questions

37,604
Email

Virginia Woolf typed all her major works and other writings on a typewriter. But what brand of typewriter did she use?

A portable Underwood typewriter, which was common at the time.

11,257
Chat

Questionpoint

2,694

112,669 QUESTIONS IN FY 12
MOST USED COLLECTION AT THE LIBRARY FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

ASK NYPL ANSWERED

MOST REQUESTED SUBJECTS AT THE SCHOMBURG CENTER

ENTERTAINMENT + PERFORMING ARTS SLAVERY


AFRICA AND THE AFRICAN DIASPORA

CIVIL RIGHTS

SPORTS

HARLEM

Cath Caruth

HARLEM RENAISSANCE

JOHN CAGEs MANUSCRIPTS


Every Bit Helps

Summer Reading

Total Books and Items Checked Out for Summer Reading

127,430
262 Number of books read by
6 year old Micheal Pieda, a top Summer Reader from the Bronx.

37,173

Books Read By Teens

2 New Children's Books

$25

90,257
Books Read By Children

$40
Provides

Provides a year of Library service for 4 cardholders

3 Number of Home Runs hit

$113 1

y y

research volume

by Curtis Granderson during a Yankees game attended by Summer Reading winners.

Provides 1 job-search laptop plus software

$1,350