PDX Index: The Library

By Will Lambeth April 27, 2012 Published in the May 2012 issue of Portland Monthly

Average monthly cost per household of a property tax levy on the may ballot that would provide 65 percent of Multnomah County Public Library’s funding through 2015

Average number of items checked out per Multnomah County resident In a one-year period stretching from 2010 to 2011

Degree by which this per capita circulation exceeds the national average for public library districts

No 2.
Multnomah County’s ranking, by total items circulated, among US libraries. New York Public Library ranks first.

Daily visitors to the library system’s 19 branches

E-books’ share of the MCPL catalog (nearly doubled over the past year)

Holds on the Hunger Games books, which occupied three of the top four most-wanted spots, as of late March

Estimated value of one copy of the Nuremburg Chronicle, a 500-year-old German work that is one of the earliest printed books. MCPL’s John Wilson Special Collections library holds two copies.

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