Public Library Research


Qualitative Evaluation of the Impact of Library Programs: OLA has partnered with Dr. Bill Irwin, Assistant Professor, Management and Organizational Studies, Huron University College on this multi-year academic research project

Technology Access in Public Libraries: Outcomes and Impacts for Ontario Communities . Prepared by Nordicity for Toronto Public Library.

Capital Needs Analysis: An analysis of public library infrastructure and costs associated with upkeep, published by the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries, 2011.

How Canadian Libraries Stack Up: Interesting statistics about library use in Canada from OCLC.

Economic Impact and Return on Investment (RoI) Studies

Burlington Public Library. (2017). Building Burlington’s prosperity: The economic impact of Burlington Public Library.  
Halton Hills Public Library. (2014). Economic impact of Halton Hills Public Library [Report to the library board], Diamanti, J 
City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library. (2015). Public library economic impact study.  
Newmarket Public Library. (2016). Newmarket Public Library economic impact study, Kyle, T
London Public Library. (2015). A perspective on the economic impact of London Public Library on the City of London.
Milton Public Library. (2014). The economic impact of the Milton Public Library on the Town of Milton.
Ottawa Public Library. (2016). Check out the benefit: The economic benefits of the Ottawa Public Library.
Pickering Public Library. (2014). The economic impact of the Pickering Public Library on the City of Pickering .
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library (2015). Building strong and vibrant communities: The value of Sault Ste. Marie’s public library.
Stratford Public Library. (2015). Under the umbrella: Stratford Public Library’s economic impact .
Toronto Public Library (2013). So Much More: The Economic Impact of the Toronto Public Library on the City of Toronto, Martin Prosperity Institute.
Vancouver Island Regional Library. (2016). Assessing the economic impact of Vancouver Island Regional Library on our member communities .