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Business Has Been Booming for the Iowa City Public Library


Iowa City Press-Citizen

August 28, 2005

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It's been about 15 months since the expanded downtown library opened, and those months have been very busy ones, according to library Director Susan Craig ("Library sees growth in new building," Aug. 25).

Circulation rose almost 18 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

The library added more than 26,700 items to its collection.

It also saw a 30 percent increase in library cards issued.

Wireless Internet access has jumped to six times what it was last year.

What does that all mean? We think it means Iowa City and its residents are getting their money's worth from the $18.4 million bond referendum passed in November 2000 for the library expansion.

"For many years, we felt that inadequate facilities were adversely affecting library service," Craig said. "This year we found out how true that was as use jumped across the board."

The library is really a showpiece for downtown. In a community like ours where learning and knowledge is the focus, a library is a fitting focus. Like Craig, we're not surprised that our community is making more and more use of the new facilities.