Georgia Public Libraries provide $732.8 million in state economic impact and service valuation

Georgia’s public libraries are learning centers that empower their community members to achieve their goals at any stage of life. Libraries have reimagined their spaces, collections, and services to meet their community needs.

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Georgia’s public libraries provide tremendous value.

  • Georgia’s 408 public libraries provide social benefits of $562.1 million and economic impacts of $170.7 annually, according to a study by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and funded by the Georgia Public Library Service.

  • For each dollar funded to the libraries, society receives an estimated $3.21 in goods and services plus indirect economic benefits. 

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State Librarian Julie Walker

Julie Walker, Georgia’s State Librarian and Associate Vice Chancellor of the University System of Georgia

“Georgia’s public libraries are learning centers that empower their community members to achieve their goals at any stage of life. Libraries have reimagined their spaces, collections, and services to meet their community’s needs.”

Impact Reports

Georgia Public Library Service asked the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to evaluate the economic impact of the state’s public libraries and to estimate the value of services received by the citizens of the state in return for the dollars provided in the form of budget allocations from state and local governments, and grants from the state and federal governments.

Statewide Libraries

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Cobb County Public Library System

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DeKalb County Public Library

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Gwinnett County Public Library

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Four Metro-Atlanta Library Systems

Libraries change lives

Everyday, public libraries are helping Georgians learn new skills, start businesses, get jobs, and connect with their families and communities.

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“When I want to develop a new skill, I go right to the library. Libraries provide a safe space to access information, engage with the community, and learn. Now that many people are working and learning remotely, the library provides vital internet access.” Elmer I., library patron

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