Belleville Public Library checked out 84,408 items to our library patrons during the year, with almost half being children's materials. Area residents made good use of the shared resources available from other South Central Library System libraries by requesting 30,590 items. Usage of ebooks from the state-wide Overdrive system increased by 62% to 1,842 for the year.
Access to high speed internet is an important service for our community. Our public computers were used 7,657 times or an average of 24.5 times per day. The number of monthly wireless connections by patron laptops, phones, and other mobile devices more than doubled over the year.
The library serves as an gathering place for our community where residents can meet for conversation, learning, and entertainment. In 2013, Belleville Public Library hosted 110 events that drew in almost 3,100 children and adult residents.