Knoxville Council approves annual library report

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The Knoxville City Council approved the library’s annual report at Monday’s regular meeting.

The library had 33,898 visitors last year, which represents a 25 percent decrease from the prior year. This can likely be attributed to the library being moved for several months while the $4.5 million expansion project took place.

There are 8,339 patrons with library cards, with 63 percent of them living within the City of Knoxville, and 27 percent elsewhere. Circulation last year was 48,186 in physical items and 6,870 digital.

Funding (outside of the expansion project) for the library totaled $389,747. Of that, $296,291 was from the City, $55,018 from the special library levy, $25,957 from Marion County, $4,532 from state/federal sources, $6,551 from fines/fees and $1,398 in donations.

The library hosted 313 programs last year, with participation of 6,048. The participation level represents a 19 percent increase.

In other council business, the CIPP sewer lining project was approved and the final payment of $474,858.10 was paid. Similar action was taken regarding the street improvements project, in the amount of $563,739.33.

City Manager Aaron Adams says the next council meeting, Dec. 16, will include information about the budget. He encouraged councilors-elect Jyl DeJong and Justin Plum to attend that meeting. Both were in attendance at Monday’s meeting.