How Libraries Can Help Patrons with the Rising Cost of Living


The cost of living is on the rise in the United States. This infographic covers some ways libraries can help. One way is to subscribe to to help patrons get the best the best value out of their purchases. 

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How Libraries Can Help Patrons with the Rising Cost of Living

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Feeling the Pinch?

The cost of living is on the rise. How can libraries help?

In the United States...

  • Rental costs have risen 18% since 2021
  • Gas prices are up 50% since 2022
  • Used car prices are up 21% since 2022
  • Grocery store food prices increased by 11.4% in 2022

Meanwhile the U.S. minimum wage has not increased since 2009.

What can libraries do?

Start a Repair Cafe - Repair cafes are a skill-sharing and community-building opportunity where patrons can bring their clothes, furniture, appliances, bicycles and toys to be repaired or mended for free by community volunteers.

Offer Local Discounts - Libraries can partner with local businesses to offer discounts to library cardholders, helping patrons save money on goods and services. 

Expand the "Library of Things" - In addition to free books, media and digital research tools, libraries can offer a range of non-traditional items and equipment that patrons can borrow, including tools, recreational equipment, electronics, games and more. 

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