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Measuring our impact: Independent research into our social value

Independent, in-depth research commissioned by Suffolk Libraries shows the vital and previously unseen contribution libraries make to people’s lives in the county, saving the public and organisations millions of pounds a year.

Our latest impact report Suffolk Libraries, An impact analysis of services of Suffolk Libraries January 2023 by independent consultants Moore Kingston Smith estimates that every £1 spent on Suffolk Libraries’ services creates £6 in ‘social value’.

This is based on a comprehensive study of the wide range of services and activities Suffolk Libraries provide and further discussion with people who benefit from them. The report also found Suffolk’s libraries generated £41m worth of social value and saves NHS services in Suffolk a whopping £542K per year.

Suffolk Libraries: An Impact Analysis

Moore Kingston Smith independent research into the social impact of our wide range of services and activities, published January 2023.

Download the report (PDF)

Suffolk Libraries: An Impact Analysis

You can also read the previous impact report from 2019 which focused on three of our key activities – early years Wordplay sessions for under fives, Top Time sessions for older people and Open Space groups.