South Carolina

South Carolina Public Library Economic Influence

The research results showed that the South Carolina State Library was evaluated to contribute to the state economy with $2.86 of value per$1 investment. The indirect economic influence that was caused by the expenses spent at the library (e.g. salaries, supply of goods, and materials) was $1.62.

South Carolina valuation of library services

The total direct and indirect return on investment for every $1 expended on the state's public libraries by SC state and local governments is $4.48--almost 350%! (p.5)

The extent taxpayers in South Carolina feel the public library contributes to their economic well-being

Among the findings are indications that the public library: - 49% of business users indicated that they obtained most of the business/research information from their public library - 78% of business users indicated that information obtained from the public library contributed to the success of their business - 59% of personal investors said they obtained the information needed for making investment decisions from their public library - 48% said "definitely" the investment information at the public library had contributed to their financial well-being and 34% said "somewhat"
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