Facts and Figures

2021 Highlights

  Year to Date
All Locations
Circulation 7,564,020
Computer Sessions 338,191
Holds Filled 2,279,969
Holds Placed 1,603,651
Visitors* 1,899,766
WiFi Sessions 1,353,656

* 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 14, 2020:

Full-time employees 747
Part-time employees 301

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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