Here are some numbers from the Chapel Hill Public Library.
The number of visits to the library, 394,147, was down just slightly in 2007-08, from about 1,087 per day to about 1,080 per day.
But the number of books and other items being checked out per visit was up.
Circulation was up 3.6 percent in 2007-8.
That's about twice the
growth rate of recent years, says director Kathleeen Thompson.
Children's circulation was up 5.8 percent.
Total circulation was 911,084. "That's huge," says Thompson.
Reserves -- the library recently eliminated its reservation fee -- were also up, 12.9 percent.
You may remember Chapel Hill Mayor Kevin Foy asked for -- but did not get -- any more money from the county in this year's budget process.
About 40 percent of library users live outside Chapel Hill, and the county's funding has remained frozen at $250,000 for several years.
As for the coming expansion, look for it sometime in the spring of 2009. The library is going to more than double in size, from 27,000 to 68,000 square feet.