A planning survey was made available to library patrons from January 24 – March 31, 2011. 327 survey responses were received.
63% of respondents used the library more than 6 times per year.
24% of respondents used the library less than 6 times per year.
13% of respondents had not used the library in the last 2 years.
The services accessed most frequently by survey respondents were adult books (56.6%) and librarian answering questions (53%).
The most common additional services or activities suggested by respondents were:
- more evening programs including adult book groups, resume and computer classes and toddler programs
- more programs for all ages
- another library site or mobile service
70% of respondents felt that the friendliness of staff was excellent
and 66% felt that information received and questions answered were excellent.
The three service aspects identified by survey respondents as needing most improvement were:
- organization of library materials
- access to bestsellers and high interest materials
- overall physical environment of the library
The most common comments about service aspects were that the library layout was confusing, the children’s picture books and the DVD areas were messy and it was difficult to find items, bathrooms needed improvements.
Many library services were rated as essential. Those services ranked as most essential by survey respondents were reference
and general information service (82% essential), pleasure reading, viewing and listening to materials (80% essential) and computers with internet access and software (78% essential).
83% of respondents were satisfied with the hours that the library is open; 16% were not satisfied.
Comments or suggestions for changes to the hours included the addition of Sunday hours and the need for a north side branch.
At the end of the survey respondents were asked if they had any additional comments. The most common responses included that the staff are very helpful and well trained, they enjoyed the genealogy programs, were concerned about young children and noise, request for a north side library and an overall feeling that the library is an excellent resource for the community.