Thursday, May 01, 2008

Public libraries pay back tax investment 400%

The value of public libraries couldn't be more obvious to those gathered at the WAPL Conference, but economist David Ward quantified their economic benefit: the return on investment in library services is $4.06 for each dollar of taxpayer investment. That's a conservative estimate that doesn't take into account a number of important library services, such as periodicals and other subcriptions, electronic databases and meeting rooms. Read more about at

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