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Wisconsin libraries fuel state's economy

A study by NorthStar Economics completed in May found that libraries in Wisconsin have an economic payback of more than $4 for every $1 invested by taxpayers.

The total economic contribution of Wisconsin public libraries to the Wisconsin economy is $753,699,545. The return on investment in library services is $4.06 for each dollar of taxpayer investment.

NSE, of Madison, was retained by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to study the economic impact of Wisconsin's public libraries.

The study authors concluded that public libraries contribute to state and local economies and are of growing importance to the citizens. Find the full report at