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S.L. County Library reaches milestone

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As expected, the Salt Lake County Library System made library history at the end of 2001 when it broke the 10 million mark for items checked out in a single year.

At least 10,109,500 items were checked out as of Dec. 31, 2001.

Library circulation had been increasing in the county over the years, but 2001 had an unprecedented 15 percent increase.

The library system is the state's largest with 440,000 registered borrowers, more than 2 million items and 17 branches.

"Circulation per borrower and per full-time employee is more than twice the national median," Jim Cooper, library director, said. "All in all, Salt Lake County Library is checking out more materials for less cost and with fewer staff than most other systems nationwide."

The 10 million circulation mark is equal to 3,300 items checked out per hour.