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Value: Public Libraries & Value

Libraries are focusing on gathering information on value and worth and on the roles that their facilities, services and resources - including library professionals - play in the success of their constituents.

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What does value mean in Public Libraries?

Image result for economic valueAlthough one might think that identifiying the value a public library has to a community is hard to do, a focus on economic development as well as more and substantive impact public community studies have made it possible.

In fact, examples of the economic value of public libraries are not only available but replicable for libraries needing the focus to convince their constituents. That being said, one definition of "what is value" is almost impossible given the nature of communities is so individual and ever-changing.

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Examples of Public Library Value Data

Barron, Dave. South Carolina Public Library Impact Study. SLIS. 2005.


Crawford, Walt. Give Us a Dollar and We’ll Give You Back Four 2013.


Economic Impact of Libraries in New York City. New York, NY. 2011.


Florida Department of State. Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries. 2003, 2008, 2013.


FELS Research & Consulting. The Economic Value of the Free Library in Philadelphia. 2010.


Library Board of Queensland. The Library Dividend Summary Report: A guide to the socio-

economic value of Queensland’s public libraries. State Library of Queensland. 2012.


Newman, W. Third generation public libraries: Visionary Thinking and Service Development in Public Libraries (to 2020) and Potential Application in Ontario. Toronto: Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture. 2013


Rao, G. C.  The Great Equalizer: The Case For Investing In the Toronto Public Library. Toronto: Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. 2012.


Santa Clara County Library Disrict. 2013 Return on Investment Report. 2013.


SPL. The Seattle Public Library Central Library: Economic Benefits Assessment Social Inclusion Audit and Toolkit. (CULC/CBUC). 2005


TSLAC. Texas Public Libraries Return on Investment Study Available. TSLAC. 2012.


TPL. The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library. 2013.

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