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Library Circulates 633,009 Volumes, 1984

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Library Circulates 633,009 Volumes

Public libraries in Allegany County circulated 633,009 books during the fiscal year which ended June 30.
This is only four-tenths of one percent less than the record circulation of 635,788 achieved last year when the book budget was 17 percent higher, according to Robert L. Neal, director.

This was the first full fiscal year that the new South Cumberland branch had been in operation and it circulated 100,624 books. The new LaVale branch had been in operation four years before it attained an annual circulation of at least 100,000.

The Westernport Library's circulation of 76,267 is another all-time high for that branch, which has established six consecutive annual circulation records.

Sunday circulation of 9,378 was 63 more than the previous year's 9,315. This is an average of approximately 70 books per hour. The Allegany County Library has been open on Sundays from the Sunday after Labor Day until the Sunday before Memorial Day since 1969.

More interlibrary loan requests were sent on teletype to the Western Maryland Regional Library in Hagerstown and Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, for fiction and nonfiction books, films, and video cassettes, than ever before. The total of 16,464 is 3,682(28.8 percent) more than the previous year's 12,782.

This is the fifth full year that the free reads program has been in operation. The number of books circulated was 4,136, an increase of 435 over last year's 3,701. Free reads are books that may be borrowed for an indefinite period of time without overdue fine penalties. Currently, they are located at Rocky Gap State Park, Allegany County Health Department, Frost Village Nursing Home and Memorial, Sacred Heart and Frostburg Community hospitals.

The County Library's circulation of 151,059 at the main Washington Street location was more than any other unit in the system, but down 6,576 from the previous year.

The Frostburg branch's circulation of 94,119 was down 2,121 and the LaVale branch's circulation of 128,293 was off by 2,621.

The bookmobile's body, engine and generator are worn out and required much more off-the-road maintenance than was customary. This resulted in a circulation of 78,267, down 5,072 from last year.
To remedy the situation, the library system has purchased a new bookmobile with federal funds received through a state grant. The new library on wheels should be in operation this fall.

Neal commented that "With the reduction in county and state funds, like everyone else, we just had to do the best we could. I am pleased with the way things turned out; they are much better than I expected."


Cumberland News


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Public libraries, Maryland, Allegany County; Allegany county Library System (Md.), Anniversaries.

Allegany County (Md,), 1960-2010

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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