CULTURAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT = DKK 4 BN (USD 600 MIO)
Danes put a value on libraries corresponding to a total level of willingness to pay up to DKK 4 bn (USD 600 mio) a year. Significantly, more than the DKK 2.5 bn (USD 370 mio) they currently pay for libraries via taxes. This high willingness to pay is that libraries fulfil a crucial role as a cultural, social and educational institution – for both users and non-users.
VALUE THROUGH DIGITAL TRANSITION = DKK 200 MI0 (USD 30 MIO)
50,000 Danes get their computer skills upgraded at libraries every year. This accelerates and eases the transition to a digital society and creates value in the form of savings in the public and private sectors in four effects: the transition to email, digital self-service, increased use of online banking and time savings associated.
VALUE THROUGH READING = DKK 2 BN (USD 300 MIO)
Libraries contribute with DKK 2 bn (USD 300 mio) annually through higher education productivity gains through three interrelated effects:
- Libraries improve children’s reading skills
- Better reading skills directly affect educational level
- A high level of education produces greater economic benefit
The quantitative impact is 0,1% of GDP.
The analysis is the first analysis of its kind in Denmark and object to intensive publicity and discussions about the role and impact of public libraries and ways of measuring cultural institutions.
The report has lead to:
- A strengthened debate about public libraries and their contribution to society
- Qualified debate about the future role and primary tasks of public libraries
- Increased political awareness of the impact of public libraries on society
- Discussions on how libraries exploit their competences better
- Provided competitive’ arguments and improve library advocacy
- Introduced new ways of measuring cultural institutions