Nearby businesses benefit from their proximity to a library

Looking specifically at purchasing by library customers, more than half of the visitors to the library spend $5 or less on a typical visit, with most of these expenditures at restaurants, coffee or food shops, as well as pharmacies and the post office... Using the most conservative estimate from our survey, this spending data translates into a weighted average of visitors spending $7.05 on a typical visit to the library. A more like estimate is that visitors spend $9.54 per visit. Given these ranges and the number of visits generated by the library, these customers spend a total of $9.8 million to $15.6 million annually at nearby businesses. (p.8)

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