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Well Read: Cincinnati, Cleveland Libraries Among Nation’s Busiest

Carnegie library interior, Cincinnati, Ohio, U...

Carnegie library interior, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 2004 by Rick Dikeman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s Main Library is the busiest library in the United States for the second year in a row, according to the recently released 2013 Public Library Data Service statistical report, published annually by the Public Library Association, the largest division of the American Library Association.

According to the survey, the Cincinnati Main Library lent more materials (including books, eBooks and downloadables, DVDs, and audio books) during 2012 than any other central library in the U.S. More than 38% of the materials loaned by the entire Library system are checked out at the Main Library.

Public Library Main Location Circulation
1. Cincinnati, OH 6,595,388
2. Allen County, IN 5,983,491
3. Orange County, FL 5,612,675
4. Plano, TX 3,909,121
5. Cleveland, OH 3,368,487

In addition, the Cuyahoga County public library system ranks as the fourth busiest and Cincinnati’s public library system ranks as the seventh busiest in the United States.

Public Library System Location Circulation
1. New York Public Library, NY 28,278,150
2. Multnomah County, OR 24,794,942
3. King County, WA 22,063,110
4. Cuyahoga County, OH 20,612,749
5. Brooklyn, NY 19,254,167
6. Queens Borough, NY 18,631,911
7. Cincinnati, OH 17,335,953

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