Cleveland Public Library, serving an area of 560,000 residents, has a collection of 2,900,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 138,000 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 92,000 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 580 employees, of whom 132 are fully accredited librarians, plus volunteers. The system comprises one central library and 28 branch libraries. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $11,500,000. Patrons make 3,700,000 visits annually, and check out materials 6,300,000 times. Fifteen percent of all check-outs are children's materials.