San Francisco Public Library

A Return on Investment Study of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP)

The BLIP was a 15-year, $200 million bond program to reinvest in neighborhood libraries across San Francisco. We found that for every dollar invested, the community realized a return of between $5.19 and $9.11 and that the program contributed more than $330 million in benefits to the local economy. Our report describes four benefit areas: Providing a 21st Century Library Experience for San Franciscans; Catalyzing Neighborhood Vitality; Preserving Resources and History; and Stimulating Economic Activity. The San Francisco Controller’s Office and San Francisco Public Library are sharing these findings to communicate the value of well-managed investments in public facilities and will use our recommendations to guide future investment programs.

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