Not surprisingly, on-line enterprise at Contra Costa County libraries boomed in 2020.
The library simply launched the 2020 model of its annual utilization report, which mentioned that simply because the pandemic closed its 26 branches for a lot of the yr does not imply it wasn’t nonetheless a busy place.
County residents obtained 14,245 digital library playing cards and 10,295 OverDrive prompt digital playing cards. There have been 1.26 million checkouts on the library’s OverDrive eBook system in 2020 — a 110% improve over 2019.
General, county residents borrowed 776,775 gadgets from the library’s entrance door service in 2020.
Amongst these gadgets, the most well-liked e-book for early readers was “Let’s Go For a Drive,” by Mo Willems. For center stage readers, it was “Diary of a Wimpy Child,” by Jeff Kinney. The pandemic traditional of selection for teenagers was “Lord of the Flies,” by William Golding, and the most well-liked e-book for adults was “Eleanor Oliphant is Fully High-quality,” by Gail Honeyman.
Pageviews on the library’s hyperlink to New York Occasions tales skyrocketed to about 800% of these the earlier yr. Views of the East Bay Occasions had been up 151%, to 553,654 for the yr.
Views on Kanopy — the library’s system of a streaming motion pictures — elevated 156% over the earlier yr to 594,500. Use of the digital journal subscription service Flipster elevated 34% to 545,784.
Contra Costa County libraries hosted 6,834 chat periods and summer time studying packages hosted 2,517 contributors.
The report additionally detailed how the system formally responded to the COVID-19 disaster by offering area, workers and pandemic response. The library supplied 76 catastrophe service employees, two testing websites and 3D printers crafting greater than 200,000 protecting masks. Contra Costa libraries additionally served 12,071 meals in seven places for the county’s lunch packages.
The Contra Costa system in 2020 additionally broke floor on the brand new Nice Hill Library, moved its family tree assortment to the Walnut Creek Library and its historic assortment to the Contra Costa County Historic Society.
The library report additionally detailed how the system used its $34.8 million funds in 2020: 73% went to staffing prices, 10% to supplies, 5% to amenities, 1% to workplace bills, and one other 4% for miscellaneous prices. Eighty-eight % of the funds got here from property taxes, 11% from county cities and cities, and one other 1% from different sources.