The article "Public Libraries Explore New Ways To Raise Revenue" offers creative ideas you might consider at your library. Here are some highlights:
- gift shop — offer sell flash drives, book bags, and book-related gift items
- coffee shop or café — consider having a vendor operate it in your library
- renting space to local YMCAs and adding exercise equipment
If you're thinking about putting a coffee shop into your library, you might want to look at the ALA Wiki article Libraries with Coffee Shops to help you identify "appropriate answers to such issues as the extent of service to be offered, how the service is managed, the impact on policies, such as food in the rest of the library, and the effect on tax revenues."
Source: Public Libraries Explore New Ways To Raise Revenue by Julie Murphy. Daytona Beach News-Journal; December 9, 2011.
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