Public Libraries Are Needed Now More Than Ever


May 29, 2009

This commentary originally appeared in Pittsburgh Business Times on May 29, 2009.

What Pittsburgh attraction provides $3 of economic output for every public dollar invested?

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. If you find this factoid unlikely, it is because the research that discovered it received an astounding lack of attention.

In 2004, a study by Carnegie Mellon University's Center for Economic Development found that the library's 19 branches generated more than 700 jobs at the libraries and nearby businesses that library patrons visit....

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