FELS Research & Consulting. The Economic Value of the Free Library in Philadelphia. 2010.Florida Department of State. Taxpayer Return on Investment in Florida Public Libraries. 2003, 2008, 2013.
Although 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.
Barron, Dave. South Carolina Public Library Impact Study. SLIS. 2005.
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.
TSLAC. Texas Public Libraries Return on Investment Study Available. TSLAC. 2012.