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2013 was a successful year for Toronto Public Library as we continued to deliver on the goals outlined in our strategic plan. We celebrated the joy of reading, provided equal access to information in all its forms, introduced new technologies and created innovative services and spaces.

Significant accomplishments are highlighted in the four priority areas outlined in the strategic plan:

Foster literacy and a love of reading.
Support lifelong learning.
Position Toronto to succeed in a global knowledge economy.
Provide responsive service efficiently and effectively.

2013 Performance Measures

2013 was another busy year for Toronto Public Library, with notable increases in circulation of digital content and visits to our website. These statistics indicate a shift in library usage and borrowing patterns as new services are introduced. Total circulation of library materials, both electronic and physical, was stable at 32 million. 2013 was the third busiest of the last ten years, which is notable given that Fairview branch (one of our busiest branches) was closed for the year, along with a number of short-term branch closures, for renovation. Severe weather events also impacted branch visits and total circulation.

Financials

2013 Library Expenditures and Revenues