This report was commissioned by the Indiana State Library. Funding was provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act. The report was prepared by the Indiana Business Research Center at the Kelley School of Business, University of Indiana.


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The Indiana State Library commissioned the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC) at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business to conduct a study to measure the economic benefits of Indiana’s public libraries. In contrast to most other studies that have attempted to measure the economic impact of public libraries, this study also focused on the role that public libraries play in supporting business and economic development in their communities. This study was designed to help Indiana libraries identify and quantify their benefits in a systematic and objective manner.

The study focused on three general questions:

  1. What are the measurable economic benefits of public and academic (university and college) libraries?
  2. How well are libraries doing in playing an active role in economic development?
  3. How can Indiana libraries take a more active role in economic development and business growth?



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