This article appeared on the Fox Illinois web site on April 13, 2017. The article profiles Champaign Public Library, and how the proposed federal budget, which includes the elimination of the IMLS, puts libraries like Champaign PL in jeopardy. “It’s a place where you can find a book to read,” Harrington said. “You can find that computer […]
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)