Document Number: 11290Evidence Review of the Economic Contribution of Libraries - Figuring out libraries' economic contribution, while necessary given today's economic climate, isn't easy. To begin, the English Arts Council asked for this study, a review of the literature on libraries' worth. England's director of libraries points out that while they may not 'turn a profit,' libraries provide communities with support that goes beyond checking out a book or DVD: training sessions, a place to meet a friend or client, Internet access, information for local businesses, essential and expensive textbooks, all with little money exchanged. The study reviews difficulties and modes of evaluation and points to new directions research should take. (Arts Council England, June 2014)...
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