Hours of operation are increasing at the Meigs County District Public Library, thanks to the passage of the library operating levy in March of last year. The library’s expanded hours of operations are as follows. Pomeroy Library Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. All three library branches in Middleport, Racine and the Eastern Elementary School will now be open six days per week, Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. In addition to the expanded hours, library users will notice areas of service that had previously been reduced due to budget cuts are now being restored. Purchase of materials, including books, DVDs and music CDs as well as materials for research including reference databases and other online resources will be restored. We also hope to add new services which we simply were unable to acquire, due to budget constraints prior to passage of the levy.
2012 was a very busy year for the Meigs County District Public Library. Even with budget cuts still in effect, library usage has increased. Some of the increase is due to the library’s membership in the Ohio Valley Library Consortium (OVLC), which allows for sharing materials with 6 other libraries in the region. Meigs County is what is known as a “net lender” in the program. Overall, we lend more items to other libraries in the consortium than the number of items our patrons borrow from consortium libraries. That’s not to say our patrons don’t borrow a lot though.
Here are a few numbers from our recent annual state report. The Meigs County Library currently has 22,142 registered borrowers, 16,406 of whom are adults and 5,736 of whom are children. Of those registered, 7,907 have used their library card in the last 3 years. Library staff circulated 169,913 items in 2012. This number was made up of 133,368 adult items and 38,545 children’s items. E-books hit an all-time high at MCDPL with 4,129 circulations in 2012. We provided 12,122 items to be borrowed by other libraries around the state including 150 libraries in the MORE (Moving Ohio’s Resources Everywhere) Consortium, and the 6 libraries in our more local OVLC consortium. From those same libraries, we borrowed 7,309 items for use by our patrons in Meigs County.
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