An Economic Valuation Study of Public Libraries in Korea

TitleAn Economic Valuation Study of Public Libraries in Korea
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsKo, YM, Shim, W, Pyo, S-H, Chang, JS
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Date Published04/2012

The economic value of public libraries for local residents in Korea was  measured. An economic-value measurement model that enables the estimation of diverse types of public library services was designed, using a conditional-value measurement method. Benefits were taken as the value of the main services provided  by public libraries, such as accessibility to informational materials, facilities, and programs. Costs included the total amount of expenses at libraries such as personnel expenses, materials purchasing expenses, and other operational costs. data were collected from 1220 users from 22 public libraries in the province of Seoul/Gyeonggi-do and the other seven Korean provinces. The return on investment (ROI) was calculated to be 3.66.