Milestones in Fiscal Year 2001 included:
The Queens Borough Public Library serves a population of 2.2 million in one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the U.S. How do we do it? With creativity, enthusiasm, respect for the past and solid values that will carry us into the future.
- More than 16.8 million library items were circulated. That’s equivalent to a stack of books 95 times the height of Mt. Everest.
- More than 16.5 million people came to Queens Libraries in person. Standing in line, they would stretch 3,900 miles: from Denver to Boston, and back again.
- An additional 972,000 people visited Queens Library electronically, viewing more than 14.3 million Queens Library web pages.
- In FY ’01, Queens Library’s collections contained 10.27 million items, an increase of 178,000 over the previous year. Queens Library has the second largest collection of any public library in the U.S.
- More than 27,400 free literary, cultural and educational programs were attended by more than 591,000 library customers of all ages. Notable programs included visits from authors such as Ed Koch and Valerie Harper; the very popular Carnegie Hall/Citibank Neighborhood Concert Series; major cultural series centered around Lunar New Year, African-American History Month, Hispanic-American Heritage Month, Women’s History Month and Storytelling Month. There were also programs dedicated to building entrepreneurial skills; coping skills programs for new immigrants and more.
- During Fiscal Year 2001, more than 1,000 volunteers donated 39,713 hours of service, monitoring children’s programs, shelving books, using their creative energies to hold art classes, tutoring literacy students and more. Their contributions are priceless.
- Staff answered 4.81 million reference and directional questions in FY ’01. Central Library’s Business, Science and Technology Division alone answered more than 1,600 inquiries every week. In addition, 2.44 million customers used library computers for independent research.
- There were 871,422 registered borrowers in FY ’01.
- Queens Library’s Strategic Workteam on Children and Teens received the Gale/EMIERT Award for its publication Open the Books and See All the People, a bibliography to insure that children’s collections reflect the full range of human diversity. The book is being used in schools and libraries around the country.
- Queens Library renewed its interlibrary cooperation agreement with the Shanghai Library in China. The agreement provides for the exchange of information, staff, exhibitions and materials.
- Spurred by our partnership with them, The New York Times established “The New York Times Library Awards” to recognize those staff members of public libraries within the five boroughs “who do so much to nurture a better informed, healthier and safer society.” Two library staff members will be honored from each borough for outstanding service to the general public. The first recipients will be announced in FY ’02.
- Friends of the Queens Library had 1,900 members who worked for and advocated for strong libraries in their communities. Nearly 200 of them traveled to Albany to let N.Y. State legislators know how important Queens Library is to their communit