At Dakota County Library, our motto is “Come to Know” — and people did come in great numbers during 2015 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 Advisory Committee and the Library staff invite you to visit soon.
- 272,275 registered borrowers; 69.5 percent of Dakota County Residents have a library card
- 4,702,672 items checked out
- 795,264 books, DVDs and other physical items and 26,216 e-books and other digital holdings
- 26,216 e-books and other digital holdings downloaded
- 1,870,352 in person visits to libraries
- 3,293,291 virtual visits to library website and catalog
- 246,289 hours used on library computers and 331,441 hours of Wi-Fi used
- 123,192 was the total attendance for 2,640 programs and events
- 7,893 children and 831 teens registered for Summer Reading Program
- 7,904 volunteer hours
2015 Financial & Staff Summary
County Funds: $11,590,473
Library Materials: $2,061,734
2015 Staff Summary
Total librarians: 52.42
Total other staff: 83.6
Total paid staff: 136.02
New and Noteworthy
Raise a Reader is an ongoing campaign, launched in 2015, to increase awareness of the importance of early childhood literacy. Librarians designed storytimes and other programs where children and families explore the practices of: talk, sing, read, write and play which prepare children to read. The library enhanced the children’s areas in all nine libraries with brightly colored displays featuring firefighters, engineers, veterinarians and other professions with messages that encourage reading such as "Why read? To be an astronaut and walk on the moon." The program also included a one-time fine amnesty program so patrons with cards blocked by fines could start using the library again.
The library hosted author events throughout County. Seven hundred attendees joined William Moyers, Vice President of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, on Jan. 15 to discuss his book Addiction: The Science, Help and Hope behind the Disease — a program presented in collaboration with the Dakota County Public Health, ISD 94, and community organizations. Two hundred fifty people attended the Local Author Fair in November which highlighted the talented creations of forty local authors and a keynote speech by author Benjamin Percy. One hundred seventy attendees enjoyed the Soulful Sounds Gospel Choir, author Susan Follett and a panel discussion focusing on the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi and present-day race relations in an event co-sponsored by the Library, Rosemount Area Arts Council and the Rosemount Community Center.
Services at the library continue to evolve. The library expanded 1-on-1 assistance to meet specific requests at convenient times by creating book a librarian where patrons reserve a 30-minute appointment with a librarian to help them with a computer, e-book, and research questions and by expanding drop in e-book and technical help sessions.
MNSure Certified Application Counselors were at all nine libraries to provide individual assistance with the Minnesota health insurance marketplace. The library expanded scanning and faxing service to Wentworth, Hastings and Pleasant Hill.
The top 10 most checked out books in 2015
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
2. Pokémon Adventures
3. Dork Diaries
4. Pete the Cat
5. Star Wars
1. The Girl on the Train
2. All the Light We Cannot See
3. The Walking Dead
4. The Nightingale
5. Ordinary Grace