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State Library Impact Study Presentation Planned for St. Cloud

State Library Impact Study Presentation Planned for St. Cloud

Learn about the impact and value of libraries when results of an important new study are presented at St. Cloud Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in the Mississippi Community Room.

The study is titled the "Minnesota Public Libraries Return on Investment" report. One of its findings is that 68.9 percent of respondents to a state-wide survey feel that libraries are important to have in every community. It places the number of public library employees at 3,674 and estimates the total financial impact of public library services at more than $366 million.

Questions the study seeks to answer include:  
•  Do respondents feel that if libraries need additional resources to continue, those should come from user fees and/or reduced services or taxes?
•  How much would the average household be willing and able to donate to libraries?
•  What is the dollar return on investment in public libraries, as funded by Minnesota taxpayers?

The study was completed over two years by the University of Minnesota Duluth through the Labovitz School's Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) and funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant. Jim Skurla, BBER Director, will present the study results. The presentation is open to the public.