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Clearwater Public Library System Information

Mission Statement

To meet the informational, educational, recreational and cultural reading and viewing needs and expectations of all citizens and population groups in the community, using a wide array of library formats and materials and a trained and dedicated staff.

Library System Information FY12-13

The Clearwater Public Library System provides a variety of services, collections and programs to meet the needs of Clearwater's 107,000 residents. Over 74,000 Clearwater residents have a library card; 35,000 Clearwater residents used their library card last year. A member of the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative, together we serve over 190,000 registered Pinellas County resident and tourist cardholders. We are community centers open to the public 204 hours a week. The Library's five branches are staffed by 73.6 FTE on a $5.8 million budget.

Last year, librarians and library staff
» presented over 1,000 programs for over 27,000 adults and children
» welcomed over 770,000 visitors through our doors
» maintained a collection of over 600,000 books, movies, cds, audiobooks, and other materials
» circulated over 800,000 physical items & provided over 10,000 e-books, e-magazines, and mp3 downloads
» answered over 90,000 reference questions
» provided over 689 hours of technology assistance
» offered the public over 160,000 Internet sessions

Branch Established Size Circulation Reference
Questions
Technology
Assistance

Computer Use
(sessions)

MAIN 1916 (NEW 2004) 90,000 ft² 304,978 26,162 299 hours 95,886
EAST 1985 15,000 ft² 270,529 21,633 323 hours 39,333
COUNTRYSIDE 1988 15,000 ft² 278,157 34,687 268 hours 30,839
NORTH GREENWOOD 1961 (NEW 2003) 8,100 ft² 41,861 3,362 140 hours 8,546
BEACH 1950 (NEW 2008) 1,700 ft² 17,096 4,313 138 hours 4,544
TOTAL     912,621 90,157 1,168 hours 179,148