Public library is fifth-busiest in U.S.

Greater Cincinnati boasts one of the busiest and most cost-effective libraries in the United States, according to two recent reports.

The 2016 Public Library Data Service statistical report says cardholders of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County checked out more than 18.7 million items in 2015. The library system again ranks as the fifth-busiest in the United States.

In addition, a report from the Ohio Library Council comparing the service and cost-effectiveness of libraries across the country shows Ohioans received $5.48 for every $1 they invest in their public libraries, the highest in the country. The value for Hamilton County residents is even greater, as local data show they get back $6.73 in benefits for every $1 they invest in the library.

It isn’t just return on investment where Hamilton County residents benefit over the rest of country. The cost per transaction here is $2.30, well below the national average of $3.56.

”We take our stewardship responsibility seriously and work to give residents the most value for their investment,” said Kimber L. Fender, director of the library.

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