Hamilton County likes to read

Aug 16, 2013

Maria Luiso of Loveland previews one of the many items she selected for check out at the Symmes Township Branch Library.
Credit Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County / Provided

No one likes to read as much as folks in Southwest Ohio. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is the busiest central library in the country for a second year in a row. That's according to a report from the Public Library Association.

Overall, the Cincinnati library is the 7th busiest public library system in the country and second busiest in Ohio behind Cuyahoga County.

The 2013 Public Library Data Service (PLDS) statistical report surveys more than 1,400 public libraries in the United States and Canada.

The Cincinnati library writes:

According to the survey, our Main Library loaned more materials (nearly 6.6 million)  including books, eBooks and downloadables, DVD’s, and audio books during 2012 than any other central library in the U.S. More than 38% of the materials loaned by the entire Library system are checked out at the Main Library.

In all, the 41 Library locations that make up the entire Public Library system loaned more than 17.3 million items to nearly half a million customers in 2012.  The Library circulated more than 9.1 million print books in 2012, 5.3 million movies, and 1.8 million compact discs containing music and audiobooks.