Libraries are not that they are only very well valued by their users, but it is also seen and verified that their investment is profitable for society. This is what has come to demonstrate, once again, the study carried out in Navarre by the Library Cooperation Council on the value of public, university and specialized libraries.
This study talks about the ROI (the return on investment) of the libraries and gives more than surprising data: For every 1 euro invested in the libraries there is a return on investment between 3.49 and 4.66 euros. There is no doubt that some great data and highlighting the magnificent service and work of the libraries, and that they will have a direct impact on society.
Every euro invested in libraries is multiplied by four in benefits to society
However, although the study focuses mostly on the issue of value and return on investment, we would like to highlight the final paragraph of the same in which we talk about the uses, motives and benefits of libraries for society. Information which highlights that almost all users of the library would recommend its use to friends or family, that the valuation of the library is of notable high and that what most users value is the attention and professionalism of the staff. Also that for most users libraries are support for the education of children and young people, and they are very important to preserve collections of books and other materials of historical and patrimonial interest or on the local culture or the region.
Reasons for use of the library, general assessment and assessment of specific aspects
The main reason for using libraries is for leisure and free time. Respondents score this motive with a 7.6 over 10. It follows the reason for studies or training (6.5) and the search for information (6.4). Then there are other reasons for using the library less extended, such as for example by the accompaniment of someone (4.2) and use for work purposes (4).
In terms of the overall valuation of libraries, public libraries such as universities and the specialized ones are very much matched. The first obtained a score of 8.1 on 10, the second of an 8 (although the teaching staff and investigator rate with a 8.7 and students with a 7.6) and the third with a 7.9.
And in recounting the valuation of more specific aspects, the public libraries obtain the best score with respect to the university and specialized libraries. It excels in the public libraries the attention and professionalism of the personnel (8.8 on 10), the location and accessibility of the building (8.3, the same punctuation as the university libraries), the internal signage and the facility to find materials (8) and The comfort and conformity of the facilities (8).
Also emphasize that 98.1% of users would be willing to recommend the use of the library to friends or family, that 57.7% would be willing to collaborate as a volunteer in library activities and that 52.9% would not be willing to participate in any Support Agency/supervision of the library management and that the
Library benefits for society and importance of its functions
The benefits that public library users emphasize above all are the support for the education of children and young people, the promotion of habit, enjoyment and reading skills and giving a space for young people to study. It follows the possibility of a time of leisure and entertainment of quality, the facilitation of lifelong training in all the ages and the access to Internet for all.
Other benefits include support for early childhood development, facilitation of a meeting place, learning and use of computers and other teams, helping people get new jobs and learning languages.
As for the importance of the functions of the libraries score with a 8.79 on 10 to the conservation of collections of books and other materials of historical and patrimonial interest or on the local culture or of the region. They also see important their role in ensuring equal opportunities in access to information and knowledge (8.76) and maintaining up-to-date collections of books, magazines, music or cinema on CDs or DVDs, in general (8.57).
It is also important to promote cultural identity (8.22), to promote coexistence between different cultures (8.2), to promote the social inclusion of immigrants and disadvantaged persons (7.97), the organization of acts with local and outside authors ( 7.84), the organization of activities (7.6) and the maintenance and dissemination of culture in Euskera (7.52).
Note: the number is point.