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Annual Report

At Dakota County Library, our motto is “Come to Know” — and people did come in great numbers during 2012 to take advantage of the many services, collections and programs that Dakota County Library staff members provide.

Whether you visited one of our library buildings, used our online services and collections, or both, please know that we work hard to make your experience a pleasant and productive one. The Dakota County Board of Commissioners, the Library Board and the Library staff invite you to visit soon.

Community Participation

  • 405,088  residents served
  • 4,955,724  items checked out
  • 2,057,720  library visits
  • 324,736 users logged in to our public access computers
  • 15,548  children and teens participated in reading programs
  • 100,703  participants in library and library sponsored programs
  • 11,979  volunteered hours


New and noteworthy

  • Dakota County Library was awarded $69,513 by the American Library Association (ALA) and the FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) Investor Education Foundation for personal finance programming
  • Dakota County Library added 118,432 new items to the collection (113,181 physical items, 592 e-audiobooks, 4659 e-books)
  • Expanded our eBook options for users by adding the 3M Cloud Library service
  • Dakota County Library became the first library in the Twin Cities to launch Zinio electronic magazines
  • Dakota County Library staff and partners presented 249 free computer-related classes to the public in 2012 
  • “Reader Bar” services began at the Wescott Library to help staff assisting customers with e-book and electronic magazine questions and problems


2012 Financial & Staff Summary
2012 Revenue
County funds $10,760,381 
Local/regional $1,239,588

2012 Expenditures (Operating and Capital)
Personnel $9,257,502 
Library materials $2,223,151
Other/Equipment $519,316

2012 Staff Summary
Personnel
Total librarians 55.48
Total other staff 80.45
Total paid staff 135.93

Last updated: 2/19/2014 7:29 AM