Community Impact

Empowering our residents

Online Learning: The rise of online learning has placed even more importance on reliable computer access. In a recent survey of IPL patrons, more than 90% indicated they used both the library’s wireless service and the public computers.[1]

Employment Resources: Online access to educational and employment assets is critical as residents in the area seek to improve their socio-economic status. In addition to increased access, patrons are seeking private areas for computer use and additional education on how to navigate online and library resources. [2]

Integration with Libraries Statewide: As a member of the Traverse Area District Library Network, IPL offers integration with resources throughout the system as well as MelCat, a statewide system with access to more than 400 libraries. Local access to global information is a crucial asset for residents lacking viable transportation options. In the first quarter of 2014, nearly 30% of Interlochen patrons utilized these broader resources. [3] To ensure ongoing operational support of local programming, TADL and IPL work together to distribute public funding collected at the district level.

[1] IPL Patron Survey, 2010
[2] IPL Patron Survey, 2010
[3] Circulation statistics, 1st quarter, 2014