Butler Area Public Library, serving an area of 32,000 residents, has a collection of 84,000 books and periodicals; in addition, there are 1,150 CDs, records, cassettes and other audio materials, as well as 3,100 video items, such as DVDs and VHS tapes. Internet terminals are available for use by the general public.
Staffing consists of 15 employees, of whom 2 are fully accredited librarians, plus volunteers. Annual expenditures on the library collection total $105,000. Patrons make 189,000 visits annually, and check out materials 220,000 times. Thirty-seven percent of all check-outs are children's materials.