For the second year in a row, the Multnomah County Library had the second highest circulation rate in the country. Only New York City circulates more items.
The news comes from the 2011 Public Library Data Service Statistical Report.
Jeremy Graybill is marketing and communications director for the library. He says the branches circulated nearly 23 million items or 31 check-outs or renewals for every man, woman and child in the county.
"We're just a community that loves reading, at the end of the day," Graybill says. "And it's a service we're happy to provide, and it's one that the patrons of Multnomah County expect, and we're happy to give that to them."
Graybill adds that for the ninth year in a row, the Multnomah County Library ranked No. 1 in circulation among cities with a population under 1 million.