Texas Public Libraries:
Economic Benefits and Return on Investment

Prepared for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Bureau of Business Research IC² Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, December 2012

Public libraries in the State of Texas provide significant economic benefits for their communities. This report examines these economic benefits, and documents those activities which contribute to economic activities throughout all regions of Texas. In 2011 Texas public libraries collectively were found to provide $2.407 billion in benefits while costing less than $0.545 billion, a return on investment of $4.42 for each dollar invested.

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Executive Summary

Chapter I - Introduction: Scope, Methodology, Limitations

Chapter II - Key Financial Statistics of Texas Public Libraries

Chapter III - Findings from Survey of Texas Public Library Directors

Chapter IV - Market Values of Library Services and Events

Chapter V - Case Profiles of Services and Collaborations

Chapter VI - Case Studies of Individual Library Economic Impacts

Chapter VII - Summary of Quantifiable Economic Impacts


This study was funded with Library Services and Technology Act funds administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Media Contacts

Press Release (1.11.13): State Library Releases Study Showing $2.4 Billion in Economic Benefits from Texas Public Libraries

  • For inquiries regarding research methodology, contact Dr. James Jarrett at the Bureau of Business Research: jj@ic2.utexas.edu
  • For general inquiries, contact the Public Information Office at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: pio@tsl.texas.gov
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