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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) has released a study showing that Texas public libraries provide $2.628 billion in economic benefits to the state.

 The findings showed that libraries produced $976 million in direct economic activity and more than 11,000 jobs in FY 2015 were dependent on public library expenditures.  Another major component of the study analyzed key services offered by most public libraries in the state. Researchers found that libraries contributed an additional $1.652 billion worth of services, including educational programming, internet and computer access, electronic databases, circulation of materials, reference services, in-library use of books, volunteer opportunities, and wireless access. 

“From children using the library to access computers after school to people using the library to find jobs and build skills, the public can access resources, technology, and training opportunities that public libraries make available through effective and cost-efficient service,” said Mark Smith, Director of the State Library. “Texans benefit both by accessing these services and by the impact of educational growth in their own lives.”

The study used a conservative approach and valued public libraries purely as business and organizational entities. Researchers used extensive databases from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in conjunction with input-out economic modeling software. The research found that, while Texas public libraries cost $566 million in FY 15, those libraries provided a return on investment of $4.64 for each of those dollars spent.

Smith noted, “At a time when taxpayers want accountability as well as support for education and economic growth, libraries deliver both.”

Pushing the Limits Discussion Series

Tuesday Feb. 21, 6 pm @ the Library

The book:Thunderstruck by Erik Larson, Science Partner: Kim Quick, Science Topic: Connection 

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  • Selected Sites: what's good on the Web
  • Community Organizations: local, nonprofit groups and services
  • Good Reads: book reviews, top sellers, author interviews, and news headlines
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