American libraries are buffeted by cross currents. Citizens believe that libraries are important community institutions and profess interest in libraries offering a range of new program possibilities. Yet, even as the public expresses interest in additional library services, there are signs that the share of Americans visiting libraries has edged downward over the past three […]
In December 2016, Newmarket Public Library (NPL) adopted the methodology developed by the Martin Prosperity Institute for the Toronto Public Library to conduct their own economic impact study. The study indicates that NPL creates over $20 million in total economic impact, equating to $231 per resident or $717 per household. In addition, for every $1 invested in Newmarket Public Library, residents receive $7.85 in benefits, and the value of a Newmarket Public Library membership is $870/year.