Resources and Data for Public Library Advocacy

Here’s a roundup of resources and data that can assist you in advocating for your library.

The American Library Association’s studies on the economic, literacy, education, and community development impact of libraries are available here.

Add It Up: Libraries Make the Difference

Studies on libraries’ impact on development and education are available here. Note that they’re broken down by age level and library type (school or public).

Pew Internet and American Life Project

All of the Pew Internet & American Life Project’s library-related research is conveniently compiled here.

Public Library Fudning & Technology Access Study

The 2011-2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study is available here.

OCLC’s 2010 brief report, How Libraries Stack Up is available here.

A collection of slightly dated research on the economic impact of libraries at the local and state level can be found here.

If you need help finding other data about your community, simply refer to the ND State Library’s Community Assessment Tool (Word document).

Finally, here are some aggregate funding stats from the 2012 North Dakota Public Library Annual Report, which can inform lobbying efforts for additional local funding:

Local Revenue:           $14,050,201      (85.35%)
State Revenue:            $1,211,532          (7.36%)
Federal Revenue:       $3,007                 (0.02%)
Other Revenue:           $1,197,487         (7.27%)
Total Revenue:            $16,462,227
Local Capital Revenue:         $531,493       (74.74%)
State Capital Revenue:          $2,233            (0.31%)
Federal Capital Revenue:    $28,710          (4.04%)
Other Capital Revenue:        $148,709        (20.91%)
Total Capital Revenue:         $711,145


Know of any other resources for public library advocacy? Please share them in the comments!

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