Public libraries – the not so secret weapons!

Jefferson County but relevant to us allsecret weapon!

In a 2010 survey of county residents , 71 percent of respondents agreed that libraries “contribute to economic development by offering assistance with employment searches and applications, job skills, training, career support and research/planning resources for business owners.”

A study commissioned by the Urban Libraries Council notes that the role of public libraries has shifted “from passive, recreational reading and research institutions to active economic development agents.” Libraries are “a dynamic
part of the community’s learning infrastructure which supports economic development.”
Another urban myth suggests that the Internet is making libraries obsolete. In fact, the Internet is driving significant growth as more and more people turn to libraries to access and utilize digital information.

Great quote

“Public libraries are positioned to fuel not only new, but next economies because of their roles in building technology skills, entrepreneurial activity, and vibrant, livable places. The combination of stronger roles in economic development strategies and their prevalence make public libraries stable and powerful tools for cities seeking to build strong and resilient economies.”

Making Cities Stronger: Public Library Contributions to Local Economic Development

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Libraries mean business!

Our libraries really do mean business!Libraries business services  Over the past two years we have steadily developed the use of our Libraries as Business Hubs and Seminar locations. Our libraries are welcoming spaces with excellent staff and additional services, books and electronic resources of benefit to business clients.

McDonald Road Business Hub is now well established and is used primarily for Business Start up Seminars with a high demand for Saturday delivery of Workshops.

Moving forward we hope to locate all Prince’s Scottish Youth Business  events for young people wanting to set up in business in McDonald Road.

Stockbridge Library  focusses on evening delivery of Workshops for existing businesses and inDrumbrae Library we hold start up seminars.

As we look to the future of libraries developing as business hubs is another string to our bow as we support our communities and cities