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 […]
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.
- Ottawa Public Library Economic Impact Study – Graphic Report
- Ottawa Public Library Economic Impact Study – Summary Report
- Ottawa Public Library Economic Impact Study – Full Report
- Ottawa Public Library Economic Impact Study – Data Set (.xlsx)