In 2019, Dakota County Library celebrated 50 years of excellent service to our community. This annual report offers examples of how we are continuing that service and provides insight into the direction of our work in the coming years.
-Margaret Stone, Library Director
- 4,417,556 digital and physical items checked out
- 172,439 uses of online research tools
- 155,573 active borrowers
- 1,525,865 in-person visits
- 2,335,079 visits to the library's catalog and website
- 62,073 total attendance at 2,572 of programs and events
- 31,070 interactions at 577 community events
- 10,164 meeting room reservations
- 7,802 iLAB equipment reservations
- 6,162 volunteer hours
- 207,113 internet computer sessions
- 541,489 Wi-Fi hours
Remodeled Locations Open
Our remodeled Pleasant Hill and Heritage library locations re-opened, welcoming excited customers ready to explore the expanded meeting rooms, iLABs with maker technology and interactive children's areas found at both locations.
Fine Forgiveness Week
16,000 people had their fines waived during Fine Forgiveness Week in April. Customer comments during the event showed how fines may prevent cardholders from engaging with library services. One said, “It was great. It gave me the opportunity to start fresh and now I feel good about my experience with the library and feel welcome to return to check out books again."
Home Library Service
Home Library Service expanded to include volunteer delivery and a new books-by-mail option motivated by a focus on the county's growing senior population. Home Library Service is for residents who are unable to physically visit the library due to illness, disability or visual impairment on a temporary or permanent basis.
Teen Job Fair
287 teens met with 19 employers at the Teen Job Fair supported by county and school partners. Youth spoke with employers, practiced interview skills and heard presentations about library resources. 91 percent of teen survey participants felt more confident about their job search.
Why Treaties Matter
An estimated 3,100 individuals learned about Dakota and Ojibwe Nations, treaties, land use, sovereignty and life from the Why Treaties Matter exhibit at Galaxie Library. The exhibit is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
New Library Hours
Library hours became consistent yearlong. New, regular library hours include opening at 9 a.m. instead of 10 a.m. and implementing consistent Sunday hours at most locations.
Bridging the Political Divide
The library partnered with Braver Angels to host workshops where 219 participants built listening, understanding and conversation skills with people on both sides of the political spectrum during 17 workshops throughout the year.
Personnel: $ 10,522,063
Library Materials: $ 2,213,631
Technology, Programs and Services: $ 1,084,351
Staff: 129.6 FTE