FARGO — The Fargo Public Library system had record borrowing and participation in 2018, the system announced this week.
Patrons borrowed over 1 million items from the three libraries and nearly 28,000 attended library programs throughout the year, the library system said in a tweet Thursday, Jan. 17.
2018 was a record year!— Fargo Public Library (@fargolibrary) January 17, 2019
1.) Residents borrowed 1,026,953 items from @fargolibrary
2.) 27,607 people of all ages attended library programs!
Visit https://t.co/rhUJ5jdTm5 to find more items to read & explore in 2019.
No @fargolibrary card? Visit https://t.co/0c1BLAT8tn pic.twitter.com/ebf9zo9A9R
Electronic content use increased by 19 percent, and check outs of children's nonfiction increased by 12 percent in 2018. Library officials said the boost is thanks to greater accessibility.
"We were lucky this year that none of our three locations were impacted by road construction," said deputy director Beth Postema. "That's an uptick in numbers, especially in our south side Carlson branch."
The Fargo Public Library system also eliminated late fines on children's books, something Postema said was even more important for increasing access to library resources.
There are currently about 40,000 registered users of Fargo libraries, but Postema hopes they can bump those numbers up in the future.