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.
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.
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