The List: Canadian Public Library Impact Studies

The following studies use the cost-benefit analysis (CBA) model.  

LibraryYear PublishedCensus Population# BranchesReturn on $1 Invested
Toronto Public Library20132,615,06098$5.63
Halton Hills Public Library201459,0082$3.96
Milton Public Library201484,3622$5.67
Pickering Public Library201488,7213$5.85
Stratford Public Library201530,8861$5.63
Sault Ste-Marie Public Library1201575,0003$2.36
Kawartha Lakes Public Library201573,21415$7.05
London Public Library2015366,15116$6.68
Vancouver Island Regional Library2016430,00038$5.36
Ottawa Public Library2016883,39133$5.17
Newmarket Public Library201679,9781$7.85
Edmonton Public Library2016812,20022$3.11
Burlington Public Library2017175,7807$5.64
Hamilton Public Library2017519,95022$5.59
Vaughan Public Libraries2017288,3009$5.57
Markham Public Library2017301,7098$5.97
Sault Ste-Marie Public Library1201875,0002$3.18
Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library201928,0771$4.65
Woodstock Public Library202024,4211$7.20
Innisfil IdeaLAB & Library202345,5373$5.44
London Public Library2023172,50016$6.48

Note 1: Sault Ste-Marie’s original 2015 study was updated in 2018.

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