Facts in Brief

Forbes Library infographic (summarized below)

This summary of fiscal year 2016 is based on our annual statistics reported to the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.

On a typical day at Forbes Library:

  • 820 people visit the library, and 108 people attend library programs
  • 108 people use the library’s public computers
  • 60 people use the library’s wifi
  • volunteers work for a total of 21 hours
  • people ask 192 reference questions which are answered by library staff
  • library patrons borrow 680 books, 40 e-books, 38 magazines, 348 DVDs, and 142 CDs (that’s over 1200 items!)

Forbes Library has:

  • 16,261 registered borrowers
  • 366,345 items, including books, magazines, newspapers, CDs, DVDs, e-books, museum passes, ukuleles, and more, all available to the public
  • 174,052 digital titles include e-books and downloadable audio, available anywhere
  • three meeting rooms, which were used over 1,685 times last year