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Texas Public Libraries Return on Investment Study Available

2013 January 9
by Katherine Adelberg

Did you know that for every $1.00 invested in public libraries around the state, Texans receive  $4.42 worth of library services and value in return?  Or that Texas public libraries provide over $2.4 billion dollars in economic benefit statewide?  Get more useful facts and information from the recently-completed study Texas Public Libraries: Economic Benefits and Return on Investment, available online now at

Libraries are encouraged to share the wealth of information the report provides with their local community.  Highlights of the report include many financial statistics, a survey of library directors, and estimated market values for various library services.  The study was prepared for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Bureau of Business Research at the University of Texas, Austin.

Because the broader economic benefits libraries provide are greater than could be easily estimated, a large selection of library case profiles are also included in the report.  The profiles showcase the full breadth of Texas public libraries’ support to their communities, as well as highlight the significant role of  libraries in assisting job seekers and local entrepreneurs.

Contact the Library Development and Networking Division with your questions at or call us at (512) 463-5465 or (800) 252-9386 (toll free for Texas only).

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