A growing number of Indianapolis residents are making the most of their public library system.
In the first half of 2009, all locations counted 2.9 million visitors, a 3-percent increase over the same period last year. In 2008, the library set a record with 5.6 million visits and nearly 16 million items circulated.
The library system recorded growth in all categories for the first half of the year: 8.5 million items were circulated, a 9-percent increase over the same period in 2008; 592,000 computer hours were logged, a 24-percent increase; and there were 5.1 million visits to the Web site, www.imcpl.org, a 13-percent increase.
The library also has 19,000 new registered borrowers, bringing the number of card holders to 488,000.