Grand Forks Public Library, serving an area of 66,000 residents, has a collection of 270,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 18,900 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 13,800 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 22 employees, of whom 5 are fully accredited librarians, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $350,000. Patrons make 290,000 visits annually, and check out materials 880,000 times. Thirty-four percent of all check-outs are children's materials.