Libraries are social institutioos and eating and coffee can be social acts.
Highlights: The Survey of Library Cafes, 2012-13 Edition
This 78-page report examines the food service operations of 29 academic and public libraries, with over 175 tables tracking sales tendencies, revenues, and other benchmarking statistics of library cafes, restaurants, and food carts. The report sets out to investigate who runs the library’s food service operations, citing total cost of salaries, seasonal hours of the cafe, and overall satisfaction.
Just a few of the many findings from this report are:
- For half of the public libraries surveyed, the library itself runs the cafe, as compared to just 26.32 percent of academic libraries
- The mean total annual cost of salaries of the cafe employees is $31,528
- 37.5 percent of those libraries with less than 50,000 annual visitors say the cafe also caters library functions, while just 25 percent of libraries with 500,000 or more annual visitors say the same
- A mean of 35.89 percent of the total revenues of the library cafes in the sample is accounted for by the sales of coffee
- Cafes in academic libraries have, on average, larger seating capacities than those in public libraries, with means of 37.07 and 24.17, respectively
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Thanks Gary Price and LJ InfoDocket.