it has been noted that the concept of return on taxpayer investment can assist libraries in demonstrating the benefits of private-public financial partnerships, such as private-sector gift or grant programs to leverage library services beyond those paid for by taxes.
ROI is estimated at $4.62 for every taxpayer $1 generated in support of Minnesota's public libraries.
for every dollar of direct spending on operations payroll, libraries generate $0.53 in additional spending in the economy of Minnesota. In the same way, for every dollar of direct spending on operations services, libraries generate $0.74 in additional spending in Minnesota's economy
The public libraries of MN on the state economyCapital Expenditures: The impact of payroll associated with public library capital expenditures delivers an impact of more than $35.5 million dollars to the State. Operations: The impact of payroll associated with public library operations delivers an impact of more than $260.8 million dollars to the State.Capital Expenditures: The impact of sales associated with public library capital expenditures delivers an impact of more than $65.3 million dollars to the State. Operations: The impact of sales [services] associated with public library operations delivers an impact of more than $366.4 million dollars to the State.
The average household would be willing and able to donate [to public libraries] between $31.7 and $38.3 US dollars annually, resulting in a total donation for Minnesota’s approximately 2,061,882 households of $65.4 to $79.0 million annually.
There appears to be no statistically significant difference between these education groups in their feeling of the importance of having a public library in every community. All groups feel this is important.
Ninety-five percent of users and 83% of non-users feel having a library in every community is either somewhat or very importantOverall 80% of non-users and 93% of users felt that public library support should remain the same or be increased.
There is a higher use [of public libraries] in all other combinations of users for households with $30,000 or higher annual incomes.
There is no statistically significant difference between men and women on the question of whether public library support should be increased, remain the same, or be decreased, although in both cases the vast majority felt that public library support should stay the same or increase.