Library by the Numbers

Fiscal Year 2015: A year of library service 

All statistics are from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, unless otherwise indicated.


This past fiscal year, libraries in Mecklenburg County were visited by individuals over 3.2 million times. The Library’s web sites were visited more than 22 million times.

Reference questions

Library staff helped people by answering more than 1.3 million reference questions. 


The Library encouraged the love of reading and learning by offering more than 24,278 programs with a total attendance of 354,902.


The Library lent 6,110,131 items.

Digital downloads

484,540 digital items were downloaded

Computer use

The library continues to be the county’s largest provider of free computer access, providing 929 computers to the public. Library computers were used 802,615 times. Wireless Internet was accessed 392,660 times.


Volunteers make an important difference, now more than ever. This past year, volunteers contributed 56,350 hours of service in libraries.

Library members

271,000 people are active library users, having used their library card within the past two years.

Job help

People turn to libraries when searching for new jobs. 2,762 unique visitors used the resources of the Job Help Center at Main Library. The Job Help Center helped with career counseling resources, resume assistance, practice interview sessions, and help filing online applications.

Summer reading: building on school-year success

Libraries encourage kids to keep reading during the summer break, when they’re most at risk of losing academic gains made throughout the school year.

  • 26 million total mintutes of reading
    32,581 individuals signed up for the Library’s 2015 Summer Reading program. 
  • 24 minutes of reading per day
    Adults, school-age children and teens read for an outstanding average of 24 minutes per day, exceeding the research-based program's goal of 20 minutes per day.