The American Library Association (ALA) is a source of great help to our nation’s libraries. Among other things, their staff provides an auditing tool to help libraries calculate their value (in monetary terms) to their community. Library Director Anne Pope recently crunched the budgetary and usage numbers from 2018 and came up with a surprising result!
“The ALA places different values for number and types of books borrowed, hours of computer use, meeting space utilization, etc. In 2018 the Elmwood Public Library gave $61,500 towards our community. In that same year, our entire operating budget was only $25,000. So when you think about it, this community gets a lot of bang for their buck!”
Anne went on to say that while book lending is the primary function of the Elmwood Public Library, it’s by no means its only occupation. “We have Wifi, public computers, printers, faxing capabilities, media equipment, Interlibrary loan services, e-book and audio book capacity. We even have online access to the Small Business Reference Center, Legal Information Center and Encyclopedia resources. A lot of these resources are online and easily accessible to those who have a computer in their home, but don’t have the means to get to town. If you have a library card, I can give you the secret passwords and you’re all set!”
Feel free to stop by the library and take advantage of the many resources available to young and old!