Library Puts Out Surprising Results

by Katie Jeffries on March 5, 2010 at 5:34 am

The Muskingum County Library System has crunched its 2009 numbers and have surprising results.

For every $1 invested in the Muskingum County Library’s General Revenue Fund, area residents received $8.93 in library materials, resources, programs and technology. That return on investment is a dollar more than last year. The library system also generated around $2.3 million in revenue.

"$203,000 of that then was local impact, money spent with local businesses, supporting local jobs and helping local services. We think that is really important, we try really hard to invest that money back into the community," says Blair Tom with the Muskingum County Library System.

Tom says he was surprised by the results since funding went down last year. But the numbers show how many people used the library’s resources and the library was able to remain fiscally responsible.

"We see program attendance increasing because they are not only educational and enrichment opportunities, they are free family entertainment. That is important, we see ourselves as community gathering places as a result of the information we receive from the community and we had our conversations about what matters most to public libraries," says Tom.

Tom says the levy money should be coming in soon and residents will see an increase in new materials and programs.



Katie Jeffries