Every $10 invested in PA public libraries, $55 returned to taxpayersPosted: January 15, 2013 Filed under: Advocacy, Libraries | Tags: advocacy, funding, public libraries Leave a comment
A 2006 statewide survey conducted by the University of North Carolina in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh concluded that for every $10 invested in public libraries, $55 is returned to Pennsylvania taxpayers.
If public libraries didn’t exist, the study said, the economic loss to our communities across the Commonwealth would total nearly $1.34 billion. That’s 5.5 times what we dedicate annually in local, state, and federal taxes for public libraries.
From the PA Forward website, a campaign started by the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA)