Crowds checking out libraries in central Indiana

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The volume is up at central Indiana libraries.

The Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library says more than 2.9 million people visited the system's 23 locations from January through June. That's up 3 percent from the same period in 2008.

The system circulated 8.5 million items over the first six months of the year, putting it on pace to top the record of almost 16 million items checked out in all of 2008.

The biggest jump in activity was the 592,000 hours logged on the library's computers, a 24 percent increase from the first six months of 2008.

The computer users include 30-year-old jobseeker Heather Diaz, who was using one of the Central Library's computers to draft a resume.

Libraries in Brownsburg, Carmel and Hancock County's system report similar increases.

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