Updated: Friday, December 1, 2006 11:56 AM

Economic Benefit Study Released November 29, 2006

Southwestern Ohio's Return from Investment
in Public Libraries Nearly 4 to 1

A new study released November 29, 2006 shows that nine public library systems in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Southwest Ohio create an annual economic impact of nearly four times the amount invested in their operations. The report from Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter in Columbus concludes that, using a conservative measure of value the libraries' cumulative expenditure of about $74 million returned a quantifiable direct economic benefit of $238.6 million, or $3.81 for each dollar expended in 2005. The study also recognizes that these libraries add significant value to their users and communities that cannot be assigned a dollar value including, "improved economic prospects and an enhanced quality of life."

This is both the first collaborative effort between these nine libraries serving the Southwest Ohio region and also is the first of its kind in Ohio. Participating libraries are: Lane Public Library and Middletown Public Library in Butler County; Clermont County Public Library in Clermont County; Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (1|2) in Hamilton County; and Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mason Public Library, Salem Township Public Library, and Mary L. Cook Public Library (Waynesville) in Warren County. Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter is a well-known firm specializing in state and local budget and tax policy.

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Documents
Title Size Type Date Added File
Report Summary 290 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Press Release 44 kb doc 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Full Economic Benefit Study Report 416 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Power Point from Levin, Driscoll & Fleeter 231 kb ppt 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download

Library Fact Sheets

Butler County

Title Size Type Date Added File
Lane Public Library 876 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Middletown Public Library 907 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download

Clermont County

Title Size Type Date Added File
Clermont County Public Library 871 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download

Hamilton County

Title Size Type Date Added File
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (1 of 2) 890 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County (2 of 2) 886 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download

Warren County

Title Size Type Date Added File
Franklin Public Library 869 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Lebanon Public Library 869 kb pdf 1/4/2007 10:33 AM Download
Mason Public Library 870 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Salem Township Public Library 870 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
Mary L. Cook Public Library (Waynesville) 878 kb pdf 11/28/2006 4:50 PM Download
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