The King County Library System is currently the second busiest library in the United States, circulating over 19 million items in 2007. The system consists of 43 libraries, a Traveling Library Center, a mobile TechLab, and the ABC Express children’s library van. KCLS offers a collection of more than 4.1 million items including books, periodicals, newspapers, audio and videotapes, films, CDs, DVDs and extensive online resources. All KCLS libraries offer free Wi-fi connections.
The library system began in 1942 when voters in King County established the King County Rural Library District in order to provide library services to people in “rural” areas with no easy access to city libraries. Funding for the library system was provided from the property tax base of unincorporated areas, and from contracts with cities and towns for the provision of library services. Funding measures for the system passed in 1966, 1977, 1980, 1988, 2002 and 2004. Property taxes account for 94% of revenue today. The KCLS revenue budget for 2008 is $85 million.
Under a $172 million capital bond passed in 2004, the King County Library system is rebuilding, renovating, and expanding most of its libraries.
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