Cornelius Public Library, serving an area of 10,000 residents, has a collection of 19,800 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 960 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 1,000 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 3 employees, including one fully accredited librarian, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $6,600. Patrons make 56,000 visits annually, and check out materials 48,000 times. Forty-two percent of all check-outs are children's materials.