Peoria Public Libraries show increase in usage

By Courtney Shattuck

June 18, 2012 Updated Jun 19, 2012 at 2:04 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria Public Library system wrapped up their final renovations in April 2012, which officials say has lead to increased attendance.

Early data for the year has shown a 23 percent increase in usage of the five new facilities since May of 2009.

The biggest increases have been in program attendance and circulation.

"Kids and families are walking through and checking materials out, going to programs, so yes, people are seeing the new libraries on TV, reading about them, and want to come and visit us again," said Assistant Director Roberta Koscielski.

The data was collected through a library usage index, which tracks feet in the door, website views, program attendance and much more.

The library's North, Lincoln and Lakeview branches are open on Saturdays, Sundays, and evenings year round.

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