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2023 COMMUNITY

IMPACT REPORT

A Message from the Executive Director

As I review this report, I am reminded of what happens when a community invests in a world-class institution like the ACPL — it reaps real rewards. This year, we saw record growth in key areas, and we did it while ushering in a new strategic plan and a full upgrade of our computer systems. I am tremendously proud of our accomplishments!


With that pride comes an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the hard work, talent, and vision of our staff; and for the wise and steady leadership of our Board of Trustees. I am also grateful for the continued support of our Friends of ACPL, ACPL Foundation, and many community partners.


And of course, I am deeply grateful for the love our patrons show us daily. You are the center of everything we do and you showed up for us in a big way in 2023.


As we move forward in 2024, we will keep showing up for you — in the longstanding ways you have grown to love and some new, exciting initiatives we think will surprise and delight you!


With gratitude,

 


Susan P. Baier, Executive Director
Allen County Public Library
librarydirector@acpl.info

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2023

By the Numbers

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187,865

Registered Patrons
48% of Allen County Residents
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14 Locations

Serving Allen County
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1.8+ Million

Library Visitors
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4.2+ Million

Items Borrowed
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1.5+ Million

Children’s Items Borrowed

“I love the outreach of the library. My kids talked about the end of the year when storytellers visited their school. It’s nice that libraries also act as a community center for neighborhood events.”

In-Person Program
Attendees

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6,139

In-Person Programs
On and Off-Site

Electronic Materials
Downloaded

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Wireless Internet
Sessions

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40

Streaming & Digital
Services Available 24/7
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1.5+ Million

Website Visits
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2,461

Items Added to the
Community Album
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$4,967,127

Spent on Books
& Materials
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14.9%

Budget Spent on Collection
State Standard: 8%
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80,755

Questions Answered
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21,980

Visitors to the Rolland Center for Lincoln Research
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3,571

Audio Reading Service
Programs with

8,736

On-Air Hours
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3,200

WELT Produced
Local Radio Shows
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1,613

Access Fort Wayne
Produced TV Shows
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