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An Evaluation of the Benefits and Value of Libraries by Linnéa Sjögren, Viveca Nyström

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Introduction

Studies of two libraries, Gothenburg City Library and Traktörens Förvaltningsbibliotek (the library of the city administration), form the basis of this book on how to conduct benefit assessments of library services. Gothenburg City Library is Sweden’s second-largest public library, while Traktörens Förvaltningsbibliotek is a small, specialised library that provides a service for politicians and civil servants in the city of Gothenburg, Sweden’s second-largest city. Gothenburg has a population of approximately half a million and the city’s public libraries have 447,735 registered users.

It is our hope that this book will be of use in conducting evaluations of various types of libraries. Some sections may also be of interest for ...

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