Happy New Year! Sonoma County Library had a record breaking year in 2023. Here are just a few of our accomplishments:
With 4.2 million checkouts last year, we had our highest circulation in seven years—since before the passage of Measure Y. We increased our physical circulation by 24 percent from 2022.
By opening on Sundays, library branches were open the most hours in the history of the library, with 56 hours per week per branch, totaling more than 33,000 hours a year for all regional libraries.
We held Summer Lunch at the Library at seven libraries to help families struggling with food insecurity, and we hired 14 teen interns to help. We also expanded our outreach efforts at 32 external lunch sites.
We expanded our BiblioBus service by adding regular community stops in underserved areas of the county, including Monte Rio, Cazadero, Bodega Bay, Geyserville, and Boyes Hot Springs.
As we move into the new year, we will continue to improve programs and services at our branches, including adding BiblioBoxes—smart lockers that allow you to pick up your holds 24/7—to Rohnert Park, Windsor, Northwest, and Cloverdale.
We are also moving toward a more flexible technology model for the public computers at our branches. Instead of using a stationary desktop PC, you will be able to borrow a laptop in the library and sit anywhere you want. We have laptop kiosks at Central Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Petaluma, Sebastopol, Northwest, Rohnert Park, and Sonoma Valley, and will be adding them to Windsor and Northwest Library within the next few months.
Lastly, we will renovate the Petaluma Regional Library and the Healdsburg Regional Library—updating them with new furniture, carpeting, and modernizing the facilities.
Thank you for making 2023 such a great year. We know that 2024 will be even better!