2013 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 2013 financials, usage, and collections. As we slowly emerge from the recession, our efforts to carefully save over the years means that we are now able to invest in the library building as it exceeds 25 years of age. In 2013, we updated wall coverings, furnishings, fixtures and equipment in several areas of the library, and as we move forward in 2014 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 we appreciate your patronage and support.


The library's total revenue for 2013 was $5,370,214. The majority of revenue comes from property taxes. The library received $4,899,602 in property taxes.

The library had $4,808,894 in expenditures.

Employees, including part time, full time, substitutes, and interns, worked a total of 114,177 hours. Volunteers contributed 4,315 hours of volunteer work to the library.

The library employed a total of 98 people. 69 total volunteers offered their time to work at the library.

Library Usage

We welcomed 535,488 visitors through our doors.

There were 89,295 total library card holders. Of those, 77% were Canton Public Library Card holders.

Patrons checked out a total of 1,612,308 items and checked out 29,960 eBooks. 31% of the items checked out were DVDs, 31% were children's books, and 21% were adult books.

The library has over 318,352 items in the collection. 73% of materials at the library are print materials. 14% of the items at the library are DVDs.

Programs and Outreach

The library held a total of 1,120 programs, with 29,458 people in attendance. Of those programs, 568 were children's programs, and 62 programs were a part of Connect Your Summer.

The library meeting rooms were used outside of library-sponsored programs 202 times over the course of the year.