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.
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:
Estimated Retail Value
Average cost of hardcover for adults
Paperback Book Borrowed
Average cost of paperback for adults
Children Book Borrowed
Average cost of hardcover for children
Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Average cost to purchase a popular video
Video Games Borrowed
Average cost to purchase a popular video game
Music CDs Borrowed
Average cost to purchase a popular music CD
Audio Books Borrowed
Average cost to purchase an audio book
Museum Pass Borrowed
Sample museum admission for two
Magazine/Newspaper Use in Library
Average monthly cost of a popular periodical/newspapers issue
Average national cost for loans
Program/Class Attended - Adult
Program Attended - Children
Computer Use, e.g., Internet and MS Word per hour
Sample hourly rate at a copy center
Newspapers Online Articles Viewed
Average cost per article
Research Database Searching
Minimum Cost for Monthly Access to Sample Online Database - Ancestry.com