Libraries act as community hubs, connectors, and builders. They provide a safe space where community members or groups can meet and share ideas, and help people become more informed, engaged citizens. They collaborate with other organizations, helping them reach a more diverse audience and helping the community connect with a variety of services and opportunities. They have a good return on investment and support the local economy by providing jobs, supporting local publishers and authors, and attracting businesses and home-buyers.
Researchers at over 50 Universities across the country are able to make digital copies of their papers available online for free through their library's Institutional Repository.