In 2016, there were 4,078,116 visits to Dakota County Library either in person or online, for books, CDs, DVDs, events such as our Summer Reading program, to discover our new iLAB or to find answers to questions that Google couldn’t provide. Whether you visited our buildings for a quiet place to work, to use one of our meeting spaces, to attend a fun and educational program or to check out physical or digital items in our collection, we hope you found the space or item you needed.
Below is a brief summary of some of the highlights, along with some facts and figures from 2016. As proud as we are of these, please know that the Dakota County Board of Commissioners, the Library Advisory Committee and our library employees invite you to come to the Library to know that there is so much more we hope to do for you in 2017.
Dakota County Library Director
New and Noteworthy
The iLAB makerspace opened at the Wescott Library at the end of July 2016. The iLAB offers everyone the chance to design, create and imagine projects of all kinds using state-of-the-art technology in video and audio production, creative design, 3D printing and more. In the first five months of operation, residents reserved more than 1,300 hours of equipment use. The most popular equipment was the 3D printer with 247 uses, the audio production station with 96 uses, and the Silhouette paper cutter with 85 uses.
The Library now offers Hoopla, a digital service that includes a large selection of digital movies and TV shows, music, audiobooks, e-books and comics. Usage grew every month with a 77-percent increase from when the service was first offered in January to December during which there was nearly 8,000 checkouts. Total Hoopla checkouts in 2016 was 63,355. Customers can borrow up to five items per month with no waiting. Viewing and listening is done online through the Hoopla website or by downloading the Hoopla app to a mobile device.
Beginning in April 2016, Library customers were able to check out Launchpads — Android- pre-loaded and secured tablets — that contain educational games grouped by subject area and age. Initially 135 devices were purchased. However, because of the popularity and demand for the tablets, another 72 were added in December.
The Dakota County Library partnered with several religious organizations and Lakeville Area Community Education to present the “Religion and Faith” series designed to promote dialogue and understanding. Three programs with a total of 135 participants were held at Farmington, Galaxie and Lakeville. The programs brought together practitioners from Jewish, Muslim and Christian faiths for a respectful conversation about how religious traditions and beliefs shape people’s world views and the communities in which they live, and how to support living together peacefully in a diverse society.
- 176,800 active borrowers
- 4,084,759 digital and physical items checked out
- 27,482 uses of online research tools
- 1,305 total hours reserved in the iLAB
- 1,811,311 in-person visits to libraries
- 2,266,805 visits to library website and online catalog
- 231,940 hours spent on library computers
- 353,525 hours of Wi-Fi used
- 2,830 programs and events
- 95,730 total attendance at programs and events
- 355 outreach events
- 12,290 children and 2,359 teens registered for Summer Reading
- 6,428 volunteer hours
2016 Financial & Staff Summary
County funds: $11,519,316
Total operating: $12,524,086
Library Materials: $2,118,244
2016 Staff Summary
Total librarians: 52.14
Total other staff: 65.83
Total paid staff: 117.97
The top 10 books in 2016
1. The Hidden Oracle – Rick Riordan
2. Big Nate Blasts Off – Lincoln Peirce
3. I Survived The Hindenburg Disaster, 1937 – Lauren Tarshis
4. Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics – Chris Grabenstein
5. Escaping Peril – Tui Sutherland
1. The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins
2. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
3. All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doer
4. Extreme Prey – John Sandford
5. A Man Called Ove – Fredrik Backman