Working Together: Saskatchewan Libraries and other Information Providers

This discussion paper, released in 2005 and available via the Saskatchewan Libraries website. The paper discusses the benefits of the multi-type library board, and provides research on the impact of information services in Saskatchewan in terms of communities, culture and recreation, youth, health, rural life, and indigenous peoples. The paper concludes with a set of Read More…

The Intrinsic Value of Libraries as Public Spaces

Earlier this year, Civica, in collaboration with the Institute for Public Policy and Governance at the University of Technology Sydney, released the new edition of their Changing Landscape Report: The Intrinsic Value of Libraries as Public Spaces. This edition expands the research outside Australia and New Zealand to include Singapore and the UK.  The report Read More…

Markham Public Library Estimates Economic Impact at $82.6 million annually

Markham Public Library’s economic impact study for the year 2016 produced the following findings: Markham Public Library’s total economic impact is estimated at $82.6 million annually (2016$). Economic benefit per resident is $251.33 Economic benefit per household is $805 Every dollar invested in Markham PL generates $5.97 of value. Access the full study at the Read More…

OLS-North Releases the Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit

The Skills Development Team of Ontario Library Service – North  has released the Valuing Northern Libraries Toolkit.  Developed specifically for the unique conditions of small, rural, remote and First Nation libraries, this project was a collaborative effort among OLS-N, Dryden, Kenora, Powassan and District, Rainy River, Temiskaming Shores, and Wikwemikong First Nation public libraries, and NORDIK Institute. The Read More…

Vaughan Public Libraries delivers approximately $315 of economic impact for every citizen

Vaughan Public Libraries’ economic impact study reveals that VPL delivers significant value to the citizens of Vaughan, Ontario: Vaughan Public Libraries (VPL) provides tremendous economic impacton Vaughan citizens through the value derived from using the librarybranches’ services and resources. Statistics on library use are growingsteadily and demonstrate that VPL creates over $71 million in directbenefits Read More…

Hamilton Public Library generates $5.59 in value, for every $1 invested

In February 2018, Hamilton Public Library released “Discover HPL: Measuring the Impact of Hamilton Public Library“.  Based on data from 2016, key findings include: ROI: for every $1 invested in Hamilton PL, citizens receive $5.59 in economic benefits; that translates to $1,022 per active cardholder $301 per citizen $765 per household Hamilton PL generated a Read More…

Employee Happiness & Engagement: Burlington Public Library & Fraser Valley Regional Library

This report was prepared by Kimberly Silk for the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada – December 2017 Executive Summary This study was commissioned by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) in spring 2015 as one a series of three research studies. This study explores the conditions for promoting employee Read More…

Space Use Study: Brampton Library, Calgary Public Library and Markham Public Library

This report was prepared by Kimberly Silk for the Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des bibliothèques urbaines du Canada – December 2017 Executive Summary This study was commissioned by the Canadian Urban Libraries Council (CULC) in early 2015 as one of a series of three research studies. This study examines how library space is Read More…