Value of Library Service

What is your library worth to you?

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.

Value of Library Services
Input Your
Use
Library Services Value of
Services
(i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)

 

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from a downloadable spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library. Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online.

Costs are based on:

Item Estimated Retail Value Values Explained
Book Borrowed $26.00 Average cost of hardcover for adults
Paperback Book Borrowed $7.00 Average cost of paperback for adults
Children Book Borrowed $20.00 Average cost of hardcover for children
Magazine Borrowed $4.50 Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Video Borrowed $19.00 Average cost to purchase a popular video
Video Games Borrowed $50.00 Average cost to purchase a popular video game
Music CDs Borrowed $14.00 Average cost to purchase a popular music CD
Audio Books Borrowed $32.00 Average cost to purchase an audio book
Museum Pass Borrowed $35.00 Sample museum admission for two
Magazine/Newspaper Use in Library $40.00 Average monthly cost of a popular periodical/newspapers issue
Interlibrary Loan $30.00 Average national cost for loans
Program/Class Attended - Adult $15.00 Estimate
Program Attended - Children $10.00 Estimate
Computer Use, e.g., Internet and MS Word per hour $15.00 Sample hourly rate at a copy center
Newspapers Online Articles Viewed $1.00 Average cost per article
Research Database Searching $30.00 Minimum Cost for Monthly Access to Sample Online Database - Ancestry.com
Reference Questions $7.00 Estimated cost per question
Meeting Room Use $25.00 Meeting Room Per Hour



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