The Chattanooga Public Library crossed a threshold of circulating 1 million items to Chattanooga borrowers in fiscal year 2017.
According to a news release, the library's patrons are checking out a broad selection of library material with their library cards throughout the system's four neighborhood branches, borrowing more books, DVDs, and downloads than ever before.
"These numbers are very encouraging to us and certainly an indication that we are getting it right by establishing a growing and evolving collection that is meaningful to Chattanoogans. It also shows us that not only is Chattanooga a city that really still loves books, but they are also embracing some of our newer offerings like sewing machines and wifi hot spots in significant ways. To that we say, thanks a million, Chattanooga!," said Corinne Hill, library executive director.
Chattanooga Public Library has expanded circulation to reach beyond physical books and DVDs with other 21st century items such as audio-visual equipment for nonprofits, memberships to the Chattanooga Zoo, wifi hotspots, sewing machines, as well as web-based items like streamable audiobooks, music and movies, online tech education hubs and tools for Genealogy research.
The library will focus on refreshing and expanding the children's collection in the next fiscal year, which accounts for over 44 percent of the system's total circulation, the release stated.