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Libraries are the center of community empowerment and are critical to our democracy. Without libraries, we would continue to see a widening of education and economic disparities. I believe we have a moral obligation to provide a strong public library infrastructure.
However, even if you do not believe in collective social responsibility and are a “hard nosed economic realist” it is critical to realize that public libraries drive economic development. A simple Internet search of public libraries and return on investment or economic impact will yield dozens of studies demonstrating a 4 or 500% return on investments in public libraries. For example here is one fairly recent and comprehensive study: “ Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development: http://www.scls.info/building/making_cities_stronger.pdf
So whether you are the stereotypical bleeding heart liberal or conservative libertarian the social and economic values of strong public libraries are common ground.
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