2017 Statistics Dashboard

The Canton Public Library is committed to transparency in all of its operations. This dashboard is intended to provide our community with a snapshot of the library’s 2017 financials, usage, and collection. Thanks to the financial diligence of the library board and staff, we have been carefully managing your tax dollars and making improvements to library collections, programs, and services, as well as to the library facility as the building approaches 30 years of age. In response to patron and staff feedback, in 2017 we completely renovated and updated the Teen Space; study room areas; and Secondhand Prose, the Friends of the Library used bookstore, including all new furniture, some new shelving, a more open layout, additional seating, and more power outlets.

As we move forward in 2018 and beyond, we will continue our diligence in balancing financial constraints with the excellence that our community demands. We are proud to connect the Canton community and appreciate your patronage and support.


The library's total revenue for 2017 was $5,718,921. The majority of revenue comes from property taxes. The library received $5,375,270 in property taxes.

The library had $5,906,014 in expenditures.

The Endowment Fund total balance at year-end was $457,215.

Employees, including part time, full time, substitutes, and interns, worked a total of 120,216 hours. Volunteers contributed 1,823 hours of volunteer work to the library.

The library employed a total of 95 people. 31 total volunteers offered their time to work at the library. The library's pension fund was 95% funded.

Library Usage

We welcomed 527,202 visitors through our doors.

There were 72,852 total library card holders. Of those, 81% were Canton Public Library Card holders.

Patrons checked out a total of 1,307,400 items and checked out over 65,255 eBooks. 26% of the items checked out were DVDs, 34% were children's books, and 20% were adult books.

The library has 384,274 items in the collection. 59% of materials at the library are print materials. 14% of the items at the library are DVDs. The library has 158,323 electronic materials, including 24,414 eBooks.

Programs and Outreach

The library held a total of 1,096 programs, with 28,942 people in attendance. Of those programs, 575 were children's programs, and 66 programs were a part of Connect Your Summer.

The library meeting rooms were used outside of library-sponsored programs 107 times over the course of the year.