DPL By the Numbers
2013 Year in Review
2013 was a tremendous year of growth, renewal and revitalization for Denver Public Library. In November 2012, Denver voters overwhelmingly passed Ballot Measure 2A, which helped restore essential services throughout the city. With that measure, we were able to increase our hours by 40 percent, bringing more of our services directly to the people of Denver.
We welcomed more than 4.3 million visitors and circulated over 9.8 million items, including books, movies and music. We saw a 37% increase in eBook downloads; our technology classes exceeded 7,900 in attendance and we served more than 41,000 kids in our Summer of Reading program.
We impacted the community in three key areas: immersing children in literacy-rich environments, beginning at birth; helping customers acquire the resources and skills they need to prosper and contribute to the economy; and enriching lives by providing materials and experiences that make Denver a better place to live.
- In an effort to bring our services directly to the people of Denver, we launched a new service called “DPL Connect,” a book bike complete with shelves, display areas and a Wi-Fi hotspot. The tricked-out trike brings library services to the community and promotes upcoming programs and events.
- As part of our commitment to help Denver teens acquire science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, we created the ideaLAB, an interactive digital media center. The lab provides a space where youth have access to professional-level equipment and software in an environment that fosters collaboration, learning and fun.
- The Library began a large-scale initiative, “Service Delivery: the Next Evolution,” as part of our strategic planning process. This data-driven process allowed us to learn much more about our specific communities and how we can tailor our collections and programs to meet those specific communities’ needs.
The Year in Review 2013 report presents basic Library statistics and financial information, as well as an overview of our strategic initiatives and the programs and services we provide to the community.
View the 2013 Library Budget (PDF) broken into sources of revenue and expenditures. Please be aware these figures are annual estimates based on current spending and revenue.