Chicago Public Library Services in High Demand in 2010 Due to Effects of Economic Downturn

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CHICAGO, IL.- The increasing demand for library materials and services continued unabated in 2010. As more Chicagoans felt the effects of the economic downturn this year, they continued to turn to their neighborhood libraries for free access to computers, books, movies, music, programs, information and entertainment. All 76 CPL locations continue to be stocked with the latest books, magazines, online databases, free WiFi and speedy Internet access through new and upgraded computers. And Chicagoans clearly know this: more than 1 million patrons visit a Chicago Public Library location each month to use computers; seek reference assistance; check out a book, audiobook, DVD or video; attend a technology class; read in a quiet setting; participate in programs; and view exhibits. During the first 11 months of 2010, CPL circulated more than 8.8 million items – books, CDs, DVDs and downloadable media – and provided