Want to know what keeps staff busy and patrons coming back for more? Take a look at the Birmingham Public Library 2008-2009 Annual Report.
BPL is a bustling institution in any given year, but the Library saw a 20% increase in requests from the previous year due to the economy’s downturn. People are taking advantage of every service available: from free Wi-Fi and computer classes to programming for adults and children to access to over 100 online databases. And patrons always manage to find something to entertain and educate them in the over 839,000 items housed in the BPL system.
As one devoted patron says, the Birmingham Public Library is the “best kept secret in Birmingham.” But the statistics will show that the Library is one busy best kept secret. Or, as Yogi Berra would put it: “Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded.”