Facts and Figures

2021 Highlights

  Year to Date
All Locations
Circulation 12,489,095
Computer Sessions 653,010
Holds Filled 3,857,651
Holds Placed 2,699,602
Visitors* 3,574,752
WiFi Sessions 2,404,886

* Count does not reflect the total visitor count due to location of traffic counter at 34 locations. Community room and program traffic are not included in totals for these locations

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Public Library closed facilities to the public March 21, 2020 – June 7, 2020.


As of September 27, 2021:

Full-time employees 706
Part-time employees 252

Additional Statistics

Check the City of Chicago Data Portal for monthly statistics for each CPL location in the following areas:

  • Circulation
  • Computer Sessions
  • Holds Filled
  • Holds Placed
  • Visitors
  • WiFi Sessions
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