May 10, 2021

Ebooks at Chicago Public Libraries Nearly Doubling in Popularity and More From CPL Budget Hearing

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Chicago Public Library patrons are downloading nearly twice as many e-books, audio books, videos and music than they did a year ago, fueling the need to license more materials to satisfy demand, a top mayoral aide said Thursday.

Library Commissioner Brian Bannon said items downloaded from the city’s website still represent only 3.2 percent of the 7.35 million items circulated through Sept. 30.

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Testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings, Bannon also disclosed that Chicago’s first library amnesty in 20 years returned 101,301 overdue items worth $2 million to the shelves and welcomed back 37,509 patrons who’d “stopped coming” for fear of getting caught.

Read the Complete Article: Learn More About What Was Discussed at the City Council Budget Hearings

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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