Mid-Continent Library District, serving an area of 660,000 residents, has a collection of 2,700,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 110,000 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 50,000 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 400 employees, of whom 33 are fully accredited librarians, plus volunteers. The system comprises one central library and 31 branch libraries. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $6,600,000. Patrons make 3,600,000 visits annually, and check out materials 7,200,000 times. Fifty percent of all check-outs are children's materials.