That’s what a new study by the Urban Institute says.
I needed no convincing, but I can always use an excuse to post a pix of my favorite public library: Seattle’s Central Library, here.
From the Philanthropy News Digest summary:
“The study relates specific ways local governments, agencies, and libraries are working together to benefit individuals, agencies, and the community at large in four areas: early literacy services, employment and career resources, small business resources and programs, and a physical presence that contributes to stability, safety, and quality of life, while attracting foot traffic, providing long-term tenancy, and complementing neighboring retail and cultural destinations. Capitalizing on these strengths, libraries can fuel not only current but also emerging economic activity.”