14.2 million: Books and other materials checked out
6.2 million: Visits to the branches
2.7 million: Number of items in the collection – almost 20 times the number of slot machines in Las Vegas
2 million: Computer use
20,305: Library-sponsored and community programs
606,658: Children and adult program attendance
49,326: Volunteer hours
City of Las Vegas and most of Clark County except for North Las Vegas, Boulder City and
Serves 1.5 million people over 8,000 square miles—larger than the state of Connecticut.
Governance and Funding
Is an independent government agency and is not part of Las Vegas city government or the Clark County government.
Operations are overseen by a ten-member Board of Trustees, five appointed by the Clark County Commission and five appointed by the Las Vegas City Council.
The Board appoints the Library’s Executive Director and has the authority to make policies and approve the budget for the programs, activities, and services the branches provide.
Regular Board of Trustees meetings are held the second Thursday of each month and are open to the public.
Funding is primarily from property taxes and consolidated sales tax.
325 full-time and 407 part-time staff.
Staff includes 97 professional librarians with MLIS degrees (Master of Library and Information Science).
Remaining staff are professionals and support staff in Administration, Branding & Marketing, Community Engagement, Development & Planning, Financial Services, General Services, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Library Operations.
The West Charleston Library includes a Health Science Library that provides consumer health information for the public.
Includes 13 urban libraries, 11 outlying libraries and one outreach library.
Larger libraries offer meeting rooms, conference rooms, children's storyrooms, and art galleries.
Clark County, Summerlin, West Charleston, West Las Vegas, Whitney, and Windmill Libraries have performing arts centers.