Library Circulation Doubled
Today, the first 100 library users at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library received thank-you gift bags to celebrate the 100-percent increase in the number of books and DVDs borrowed from the DC Public Library since 2006.
"All over the District, people are checking out books and DVDs in droves,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the DC Public Library. “The Library has worked hard to improve the collection. The borrowing increase shows that the effort is successful and we wanted to thank library users."
The gift bags contained passes to the movie Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, vouchers for an upcoming Georgetown University men’s basketball game, books and other surprises. Gift bags will also be distributed at other library locations over the next five weeks.
In fiscal year (FY) 2006, 1,198,605 books and other items were borrowed. By the end of October 2009, over two-and-a-half million books, DVDs and other items were borrowed. Increases are expected to continue in 2010 when new libraries open in Benning, Anacostia, Shaw, Georgetown and Tenleytown with more books and DVDs.