City Bits: GF Public Library ends year in the black

A small profit and a record circulation were some of the accomplishments highlighted by board members in the Grand Forks Public Library’s annual report for 2012.

The library saw a nearly $40,000 profit this year, but Library Board chairman Brian Schill told the City Council this isn’t something that the facility can be counted on to regularly produce.

“We can’t predict what grants will work out or how much our patrons will pay in fines,” he said Monday.

The library spent $2.1 million dollars this year and took in $2.14 million. Most of its budget is used to pay staff salaries.

Schill says the library was able to cut costs in 2012 by switching to an email alert system that sends out notices to library patrons regarding due dates for checked-out materials.

“It has been exceptionally well received by patrons … and it saves a lot of public money,” he added.

The facility also saw what likely is a record of 818,907 items checked out with a majority of that number being paper books.

“Books are still our bread and butter,” Schill said.

He also touched on the formation of the library’s Working Group, which continues to gather input from community members on what they would like to see in a future library and whether or not those services could be housed in the current facility.

The library’s input survey is still available to take here.

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