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Boston Public Library
Performance Scorecard for March 2012 (Quarterly)
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Mission: The Boston Public Library's mission is to preserve and provide access to the historical record of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational, and informational needs of the City and the Commonwealth.

  • BPL Website Key Tool for Users
    The Boston Public Library website continues to grow in popularity with its users. Visits to www.bpl.org at the end of the third quarter in FY12 exceeded by nearly 570,000 the total amount of website visits the library received in all of FY09.
  • Strong Circulation Continues
    The Boston Public Library saw a very high rate of lending print books, audiobooks, e-books, CDs, and DVDs by the end of FY12 Quarter 3. In fact, the year-to-date circulation at the end of Q3 is equivalent to the entire year’s circulation in FY07.
  • New Library Card Sign-ups Below Goal
    Although the number of Boston residents newly signing up for library cards in FY12 Q3 is higher than it was in FY11 Q3, the Boston Public Library is still 942 sign-ups off the goal pace this quarter.
MeasureYTD ResultYTD TargetPerformance
27159Children using library cards47,777.0045,000.00This measure represents the number of children (birth through sixth grade) using library cards. 12673.gif
27165Teens using library cards21,702.0021,000.00This measure represents the number of teens (grades seven through twelve) using library cards. 12673.gif
27187Adults using library cards225,512.00236,250.00This measure represents the number of adults (ages eighteen years and up) using library cards. 12672.gif
27157Boston residents using library cards230,603.00232,500.00This measure represents the number of Boston residents using library cards each year.12672.gif
27171Boston residents signing up for new library cards29,058.0030,000.00This measure represents the number of Boston residents newly registered for library cards each year. 12672.gif
27215Books and audiovisual materials borrowed and downloaded2,843,699.002,625,000.00This measure represents the number of library materials (books, DVDs, and AV materials) that are circulated. 12673.gif
27217Books and audiovisual materials borrowed and downloaded by Boston residents2,143,610.002,100,000.00This measure represents the number of library materials (books, DVDs and AV materials) that are circulated to Boston residents. 12673.gif
27207Homework Assistance Program (HAP) participants15,144.0012,250.00This measure represents the number of students receiving academic assistance from high school-aged tutors. Please note that this program only occurs during the school year. 12673.gif
27201BPL website visits5,852,807.005,250,000.00This measure represents the number of visits to BPL's website 12673.gif
27197Public wireless internet sessions166,448.00168,750.00This measure represents the total number of public wireless internet sessions that occur in the BPL system. 12673.gif
27193Public use of BPL computers601,509.00525,000.00This measure represents the total number of public internet sessions using BPL computers. This measure excludes wireless internet sessions. 12673.gif
 
 
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