BPL by the Numbers

BPL By the Numbers

In fiscal year 2014, Boston Public Library hosted 10,000 public programs, received 7.9 million visits to its website, and lent out 3.7 million books and audiovisual materials. Of those 3.7 million lends, more than 672,000 were downloads of digital materials such as e-books and audiobooks. In addition, there were more than 26,000 digital magazines borrowed (new since September 2013) and over 7,500 streaming media checkouts (new since March 2014). Also in fiscal year 2014, Boston Public Library helped more than 73,000 Massachusetts residents – adults, children, and teens – sign up for new library cards and had nearly 3.7 million people pass through its doors.

Library-generated statistics

Boston Public Library Quarterly Usage Reports

Boston Public Library Accomplishments 2016-2017 (PDF)

Boston Public Library Accomplishments 2015-2016 (PDF)

Boston Public Library Accomplishments 2013-2014 (PDF)

Boston Public Library Accomplishments 2011-2012 (PDF)

Boston Public Library Accomplishments 2010-2011 (PDF)

Boston Public Library Fact Sheet (PDF)

Boston About Results

Boston About Results (BAR) is the City of Boston's performance management program. The cornerstone of BAR is a web-based system for collecting and tracking data for all City departments. BAR represents a citywide effort to increase accountability and transparency both within government and with citizens. Performance information is published quarterly on the City of Boston web site at www.cityofboston.gov/bar. Once on the BAR, click on “Browse Interactive Scorecards” and then click on “Library” to view Boston Public Library’s quarterly reports.

State-level statistics

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) collects and analyzes financial, demographic and personnel data and information on public libraries' staffing and services. The data are compiled each year in a series of reports.

MBLC Library Statistics