Budget and Statistics


2020 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 2020 financials, usage, and collection. 2020 brought us a global pandemic that completely upended all of our lives, but thanks to the financial diligence of the library board and staff, we have been carefully managing your tax dollars and making improvements to our processes and offerings to mitigate community spread of COVID-19 and provide a safe experience for staff and patrons while adhering to all federal, state, and local regulations.

We placed an increased emphasis on digital materials and virtual events, but our commitment to library collections, programs and services, and the facility continued despite the pandemic. In 2020, we replaced aging building control systems, the boiler system, and the humidifier system; installed touch-free automatic doors; and purchased a new door monitoring system that helps us manage the reduced occupancy mandated by state regulations.

As we exit these pandemic times, 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.

Library Usage

We welcomed 119,655 visitors through our doors.
There were 65,211 total library card holders. Of these, 81% were Canton Public Library Card holders.
Patrons checked out a total of 837,614 physical items (like books) and checked out an additional 155,333 electronic materials, including e-books19% of the items checked out were audio visual materials. Circulation of print materials included 57% children's books and 33% adult books.

The library has 452,535 items in the collection. 47% of materials at the library are print materials. 11% of the items at the library are DVDs. The library has 162,184 electronic materials, including 38,550 e-books.

Check out what’s new and on order!

Programs and Outreach

The library held a total of 397 programs, with 7,891 people in attendance. Of those programs, 129 were children's programs, and 10 programs were a part of 62 Days of Summer. 

Check out our current programs.

The library meeting rooms were used outside of library-sponsored programs 29 times over the course of the year.

Click here to learn more about using our meeting rooms, and other library services.



The library's total revenue for 2020 was $6,406,896. The majority of revenue comes from property taxes. The library received $6,205,709 in property taxes.

The library had $5,495,093 in expenditures.

The Endowment Fund total balance at year-end was $664,478.

The endowment helps ensure the library's long-term financial stability. We appreciate your donations!

Employees, including part time, full time, substitutes, and interns, worked a total of 108,649 hours. Volunteers contributed 218 hours of volunteer work to the library.

The library employed a total of 86 people. 23 total volunteers offered their time to work at the library.

The library's pension fund was 94.3% funded.

Want to learn more?

If you are interested in how Canton Public Library compares to other libraries in Michigan, or these statistics for past years, check out the latest Library of Michigan Statistics report.

If you are interested in how Canton Public Library compares to other libraries across the country, check out the Institute of Museum and Library Services Library Search & Compare.

Past Budgets

2021 Budget 2020 Budget 2019 Budget 2018 Budget 2017 Budget

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