Peer-Based Return on Investment Calculator

As of June 2017, the ROI calculator functionality has been disabled because it is based on research that was conducted in 2008. For more recent ROI research, please see Texas Public Libraries: Economic Benefits and Return on Investment.

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Annual Local Income for your Library


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This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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