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Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2017

The County of Los Angeles Public Library is a special fund department under the jurisdiction of the County Board of Supervisors. A 20-member Library Commission acts as an advisory board to the Library. The Library is financed primarily by a dedicated share of property tax from the service area, with other revenues including a general fund contribution, a parcel tax, grants, and fees. Budgeted expenditures are $38.55 per capita for fiscal year 2016/17. Supplemental funds are raised by the Los Angeles County Public Library Foundation. The County Public Library serves 49 of the 88 cities and most unincorporated areas in the County of Los Angeles. The Library belongs to the South State Cooperative Library System, and is an affiliate member of the Southern California Library Cooperative (SCLC).

Size 3,041 sq. mi.
Total Operating Expenditures $130,054,236
Materials $11,723,310
Population Served 3,373,360
Annual  Circulation 11,589,954
Electronic Books Circulation 1,064,001
Reference & Information Questions 6,735,747
Registered Borrowers 2,813,195
Internet Customer Usage Sessions 1,864,068
Wi-Fi Usage Sessions 1,724,820
Visual Visits to Library Website 7,893,604
Gate Count 9,844,048
Holds 2,012,574 Filled
Service Facilities  
Regional & Community Libraries 85
Institutional Library 2
Bookmobiles 3
In-Library Use of Items 2,629,229
Materials Collection 4,743,720 Items
912,294 Titles
Books 4,673,282 Volumes
727,405 Titles
Periodicals 5,576 Print Subscriptions
Government Publications 26,534
Audio-visual Materials  
Audio Materials 299,344
Video 724,169
Other AV 2,329
CD-ROMs 1,198
Databases 38
Items Added to Library Collection 456,126
Catalogued Books 378,468 Volumes
19,389 Titles
Adult & Young Adult 8,262 Programs
100,517 Attendance
Children's 16,154 Programs
479,338 Attendance
Federal 1
State 1
Homework Centers 50
Family Place Sites 82
Staff 1,513
FTE 1,129
Volunteers 1,854
Hours Worked 73,380
Friends of the Library Groups 77
Members 4,921