Library Catalog Maintenance Notice

Scheduled website maintenance may cause some downtime between 10:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m., on Mon, Feb 26. The catalog, member accounts, and some online services will not be available.

Staff Day - Library Hours

All library locations will be closed on Friday, March 1, for staff development day.

Our Year in Numbers

Fiscal Year 2022 – 2023
After a full year of activities, we are excited to share some statistics to show how much we’ve inspired connection, curiosity, and joy!

  • Circulation includes movies, music, print, and digital titles 1,292,583
  • Items in Collection
    • Grand Total= 2,714,010 (almost doubled since last year)
    • Physical Items= 200,499
    • Ebooks, downloadable audio, DVDs/Videos= 2,513,511
    • Total New Items= 27,616 (does not include e-content)
  • Cardholders
    • Total= 40,110
    • Total new= 6,048 (30% increase over last year!)
  • Visitors = 313,044
  • Curbside Deliveries = 419
  • Computer sessions = 32,648
  • Wi-fi Connections = 433,174
  • Programs and Attendance (includes passive)
    • Adult/All Ages/Other Programs Attendance = 17,098 (520 programs)
    • Teen Programs Attendance = 2,616 (72 programs)
    • Children Programs Attendance = 30,062 (648 programs)
  • Assistance Reference and Reading = 103,537 (includes email, chat, 1:1s)
    • Technology = 29,580
    • Directional = 21,601
  • Sessions Meeting Room = 436
    • Study Room = 11,832 (doubled since last year because we have more rooms!)
  • Research Resources Database subscriptions = 56

How Much You’ve Saved Borrowing FREE Resources!

Palatine cardholders… Did you know you were so THRIFTY? 
By using your Library card to check out materials; books, movies, music, Library of Things items, and more, you collectively saved: $17,839,239.06 (year-to-date total savings). On average, that’s $435.57 savings per member.  

Since September 2020, you’ve saved a WHOPPING $71,160,575.14! On average that’s $1,737.49 savings per member.

We are so proud to serve our community in this way and provide resources and materials that save you money! 

Reading Programs Are Super Successful
Last year we created three reading programs for members to participate in, win some prizes, and have fun just for reading! We know our super-readers enjoy the many ways we’ve engaged with them to inspire reading no matter the age.

Winter Reading Challenge 2022/2023: Reach for the Stars

Total Registrations: 2,033

70% of members completed the Winter Reading Challenge A total of 1,416

  • Reading goal: 8,000
  • Books Logged: 11,900!
    • Main: 11,068
    • North Hoffman: 564
    • Rand Road: 268

A New Reading Program: Grow Your Shelf

  • Participants: 263
  • Drawing Entries: 500
  • 5 gift card winners!

Summer Reading 2023: Dive Into Reading

Total registrants: 5,217

59.5% of members completed the Summer Reading Program A total of 3,105

  • Books logged: 48,212
    • Main: 43,437
    • North Hoffman: 3,151
    • Rand Road: 1,624

2022-2023 Financial Overview  

Income  
Property Tax Revenue    $ 9,185,174 
Grants and Donations     $  137,838 
Investment Income           $  222,981
Other Fees and Income $  138,241 
Personal Prop Rep Tax   $  220,351 
Total Income                        $ 9,904,585    

Expenses  
Salaries & Benefits          $ 4,754,990 
Renovation                          $ 143,411 
Bond Expenses                 $ 566,050 
Books and Materials       $ 853,364 
Contracts                              $ 454,540 
Capital Expenses             $ 485,786 
Other Operating               $ 292,680 
Utilities                                  $ 161,279 
Building Maintenance    $ 258,911 
Supplies                                $ 147,996 
Total Expenses                 $ 8,119,007