In today's economy, Chicagoans must be able to take advantage of all opportunities to learn and develop, from kindergarten through to adulthood. The success of our students is essential to the long-term health and strength of our city. The City Colleges of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Public Libraries are key to the City's efforts to provide residents with the skills they need to succeed in today’s workforce or successfully pursue further education.
Every month, close to a million visitors arrive at the library to take advantage of rich and current book collections, state of the art technology, and cultural partnerships. This graph displays the number of visitors by month (year to date totals) at the more than 70 locations of the Chicago Public Library. Monthly visitor totals for each individual location are also available at https://data.cityofchicago.org/dataset/Libraries-2011-Visitors-by-Location/xxwy-zyzu.
Hundreds of thousands of books and media are circulated by the Chicago Public Library each month. Note that the following circulation figures include new checkouts as well as renewals. Monthly circulation numbers for each individual location are available at https://data.cityofchicago.org/dataset/Libraries-2011-Circulation-by-Location/tfmt-mmy2.
The Chicago Public Library offers free WiFi at all locations, and collects data on the number of WiFi sessions per month provided at all locations.
The Chicago Public Library offers one-hour computer sessions and 15-minute computer sessions, and collects data on the total number of holds placed systemwide each month. Monthly computer session numbers for each individual location are also available at https://data.cityofchicago.org/dataset/Libraries-2011-Computer-Sessions-by-Location/6uah-qehh.
Patrons may place holds on desired materials either online or by contacting any CPL location. The following graph displays the number of holds placed by patrons at all library locations and online. Data on monthly holds placed at each individual location is also available at https://data.cityofchicago.org/dataset/Libraries-2011-Holds-Placed-by-Location/rgy2-2ae9.
Once patrons place holds, the library pulls materials to fulfill the holds. The following graph displays the number of materials pulled to fulfill patron holds at all Chicago Public Library locations. Monthly holds filled for each individual location are also available at https://data.cityofchicago.org/dataset/Libraries-2011-Holds-Filled-by-Location/ngxm-jbc3.