May 20, 2022

Report: Ohio Libraries Release “Return on Investment” Study

The report discussed below was published by the Ohio Library Council.

From the Columbus Dispatch

2016-04-18_17-22-31Ohioans average 7.5 library visits per year, the highest per-capita rate in the country and 51 percent above the national average, according to new research by Columbus-based analyst Howard Fleeter.

The 77 percent of Ohio residents holding a library card ranks behind only Minnesota and is well above the 55 percent national average.

Analyzing 2013 data from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, Fleeter also concluded that Ohio’s cost per library transaction of $2.88 ranks 41st highest in the nation, 68 cents below the national average.

Read the Complete Article

The complete return-on-investment study by the Ohio Library Council is available here. (12 pages; PDF)

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