Federation of Ontario Public Libraries

Selected Economic ROI -Return on Investment – Studies for Canadian Public Libraries

 

Study Year Published 2011 Census Population No. of Branches ROI
Toronto Public Library 2013 2,615,060 98 $5.63
Halton Hills Public Library 2014 59,008 2 $3.96
Milton Public Library 2014 84,362 2 $5.67
Pickering Public Library 2014 88,721 3 $5.85
Stratford Public Library 2015 30,886 1 $5.63
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library 2015 75,000 3 $2.36
Kawartha Lakes Public Library 2015 73,214 15 $7.05
London Public Library 2015 366,151 16 $6.68
Vancouver Island Regional Library 2016 430,000 38 $5.36
Ottawa Public Library 2016 883,391 33 $5.17
Newmarket Public Library 2016 79,978 1 $7.85
Edmonton Public Library 2016 812,200 22 $3.11
Hamilton Public Library 2017 519,950 22 $5.59
Vaughan Public Library 2017 288,300 9 $5.57

Source: Creating a Culture of Evaluation: Taking Your Library From Talk to Action, edited by Bill Irwin and Kimberly Silk, OLA Press, 2017