Value of Libraries


Experiences of Value of Libraries

Scholarly reading and the value of library resources: a survey

Between March and June 2011, six institutions in the UK took part in a study looking at return on investment in relation to library resources.

Cost Benefit and Return on Investment Calculator

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region, USA have developed a number of calculators for cost/benefit ratio and return on investment for databases, books and journal collections and Library Services as a whole.

Library Impact Data Project

This project aims to prove a statistically significant correlation between library usage and student attainment. It builds on research previously undertaken at the University of Huddersfield. By identifying subject areas or courses which exhibit low usage of library resources, service improvements can be targeted. Those subject areas or courses which exhibit high usage of library resources can be used as models of good practice.

The Value of Libraries for Research and Researchers

This jointly commissioned RLUK and RIN report presents the findings of a systematic study of the value of the services that libraries in the UK provide to researchers, and of the contributions that libraries from a wide range of institutions make to institutional research performance.


The Lib-Value project is looking at the value, outcome and return on investment of academic libraries around the world. The web pages contain a considerable bibliography of relevant articles

Value in Libraries: ARL Releases Special Issue of RLI on Assessing Organizational Performance

This is a special issue of 'Research Library Issues' guest edited by Martha Kyrillidou from ARL

Value of Academic Libraries Report

The ACRL publication Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries