Ottawa Public Library Delivers $5.17 in Benefits for every $1 Invested

Ottawa Public Library’s recently released economic impact study concludes:

… the library generated $256 million in total benefits in Ottawa in 2015, a remarkable 417% return on investment. This return is comparable to other libraries in Ontario who have completed similar studies. When compared to the number of residents ($266), active library card holders ($1,038), and per hour of operation ($2,208), it is clear that OPL provides a significant benefit to the community.

Ottawa Public Library conducted the study in-house, and used a methodology developed for Toronto Public Library by the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto.

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