​Lee County Library System provides public library services to the people of this Southwest Florida community through
six regional and seven branch libraries, Talking Books Library, Bookmobile and an E-Branch.

Library Collection (Inventory)
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Library Collection Breakdown
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Material Circulation
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Circulation is the measurement of lending library materials.

A library collection aims to provide the right material/information to the right person at the right time.











​​Library Visitors​
​Library door counts measure the number of visitors. This data is used by library staff to determine adequate staffing levels. According to the U.S. Census Bureau estimates, since 2011 the population of Lee County has increased from approximately 630,000 to 700,000.


​The library system seeks to incorporate technologies that meet the needs of the residents. At each library location, users have access to public computers. Usage of these computers is measured by 'use sessions.' Libraries also offer access to a wireless network at each location. Usage is measured by the number of Wi-Fi connections from phones, tablets or laptops that users have brought into the area.

There are nearly 570 computers throughout the libraries. The computer breakdown measure represents the section assignment.

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​​Number of Public Internet Computer Sessions
and Library WiFi Connections
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​​​Computer Breakdown
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Reference Contacts

A reference contact is the face-to-face, telephone and/or email interaction between library staff and the library patron.

​Public access to information is the cornerstone of library services. Reference service is provided to connect library patrons with resources that fulfill their informational, educational, cultural and recreational needs.





library patronslibrary computer users

Reference Database Use
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​The library system has purchased subscriptions for more than 100 reference databases. This measure will allow library staff to ensure funds are being spent on resources found useful to the public and staff.

Examples of reference databases are: Fine Arts & Music Collection, Foreign Languages, Culinary Arts Collection, Driving Tests, Consumer Reports, Career Transitions, Morningstar, AP Stylebook, Medline Plus, Small Business Resource Center, World Book, Garden, Landscape & Horticulture Collection, Pop Culture Universe, etc.


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Self-Checkout Ratio
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​The library system installed self-checkout equipment at the library locations to allow library patrons to check out their own library materials. This offers patrons the opportunity to avoid waiting in lines and allows staff to engage in activities to support other patron activities instead of waiting at desks to check out patrons. The ratio is calculated as a percentage of all checkouts completed. This measure will provide data to determine if is there is a need to undertake activities to increase the usage of the self-check equipment.



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Library Cards

Possession of a Lee County Library System library card enables residents and visitors to check out books, CDs, DVDs, reports, magazines, books on local history, and other media from the library for research or enjoyment. It also allows the card holder use of onsite computers and online digital resources.

This measure will provide data to determine if is there is a need to undertake promotional activities to increase the number of library card holders.






Library Programs by Group and Location
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Programming is an integral component of library service and designed to strengthen the community by informing and enriching individuals.

In-house programs are at the library locations, for example: book discussions, children's story time, workshops for writing, chronic pain, genealogy, kids clubs for coding and math, etc.

Outreach activities are in the community, for example: school visits; "Community Conversations" at senior facilities; attendance at events such as The United Way Day of Action and The FGCU Promising Pathways Conference; presentations to organizations such as Lions Club, Rotary and Chambers of Commerce, etc.

Note: In fiscal year 15-16 additional programming dollars were made available to libraries, and programming began at Cornog Plaza (Fort Myers Regional Library).



Operating Budget and Material Expenditures
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Material expenditures data will assist library staff with future budgeting activities and ensuring an adequately sized library materials collection for the community.








​Volunteers and Friends of the Library

​Community volunteers donate their time and efforts to help staff provide efficient and quality services to the public. Library volunteers are not expected to replace employees, but rather to enhance services to the public. A volunteer’s contribution to the Library System goes far beyond the actual work performed. The wage value is based on the type of work performed by a volunteer; there are four levels ranging from $8 to $18 per hour.


Number of Library Volunteers
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Library Volunteer Hours and Wage Value
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​ ​The Friends of Libraries are nonprofit organizations of community members formed to support the Lee County Library System and/or the individual County libraries that comprise the Library System. They are involved in fundraising, advocacy and literary programs, but do not serve as a policy-making organization.
Number of Friends Members
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Funds Expended and/or Donated to the Library System
by Friends of Libraries
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