2018 Statistics Dashboard

The Canton Public Library is committed to transparency in all of its operations. This dashboard is intended to provide our community with a snapshot of the library’s 2018 financials, usage, and collection. Thanks to the financial diligence of the library board and staff, we have been carefully managing your tax dollars and making improvements to library collections, programs and services, as well as to the library facility as the building exceeds 30 years of age. In response to staff feedback, in 2018 we completely renovated and updated the Staff Area, including all new furniture and a better, updated layout.

As we move forward in 2019 and beyond, we will continue our diligence in balancing financial constraints with the excellence that our community demands. We are proud to connect the Canton community and appreciate your patronage and support.


The library's total revenue for 2018 was $6,051,431. The majority of revenue comes from property taxes. The library received $5,709,963 in property taxes.

The library had $6,613,151 in expenditures.

The Endowment Fund total balance at year-end was $441,492.

Employees, including part time, full time, substitutes, and interns, worked a total of 115,545 hours. Volunteers contributed 1,144 hours of volunteer work to the library.

The library employed a total of 95 people. 27 total volunteers offered their time to work at the library.

The library's pension fund was 102% funded.

Library Usage

We welcomed 516,533 visitors through our doors.

There were 71,347 total library card holders. Of those, 81% were Canton Public Library Card holders.

Patrons checked out a total of 1,274,375 items and checked out over 135,652 electronic materials, including e-books. 29% of the items checked out were audio visual materials. Circulation of print materials included 58% were children's books, and 31% were adult books.

The library has 396,402 items in the collection. 54% of materials at the library are print materials. 13% of the items at the library are DVDs. The library has 100,791 electronic materials, including 28,335 e-books.

Programs and Outreach

The library held a total of 1,099 programs, with 28,902 people in attendance. Of those programs, 582 were children's programs, and 62 programs were a part of 62 Days of Summer.

The library meeting rooms were used outside of library-sponsored programs 68 times over the course of the year.