Wisconsin's public library system contributes more to the state economy than many people may suspect. A study commissioned by the Department of Public Instruction found that for every tax dollar invested in public libraries, Wisconsin sees a return of over four dollars.
DPI's Richard Grobschmidt says part of that return comes from the over 3,200 jobs created by the state's 388 public libraries. However, the materials and online resources offered through each of those locations also helps to create an estimated 3,000 more jobs across the state each year.
Grobschmidt says libraries are also expanding the economy by helping more people access the Internet. He says it levels the playing field for those who can't afford a computer or high speed Internet access, which can make it easier for them to find jobs and access online educational tools.