What is your ABC 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.
This calculator has been adapted from the one originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association.
Library Use Value Calculator Explanations of Values
The cost figures for library services were derived by the Massachusetts Library Association based on the table below:
|Library Service||Value of Service||Based On|
|Adult Books Borrowed||$17.00||Amazon.com average price|
|Young Adult Books Borrowed||$12.00||Amazon.com average price|
|Children Books Borrowed||$17.00||Amazon.com average price|
|Movies Borrowed||$4.00||Estimated Netflix average|
|Audiobooks Borrowed/Downloaded||$9.95||Audible.com download average|
|Music CDs Borrowed||$9.95||iTunes download album average|
|eBooks Downloaded||$15.00||Estimated B&N/Amazon average|
|Magazines Borrowed/Downloaded||$5.00||Estimated purchase price average|
|Newspapers Read||$9.50||New York Times subscription (outside city)|
|Interlibrary Loan Requests||$25.00||Amazon.com average price plus shipping|
|Adult Programs Attended||$15.00||Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per adult|
|Young Adult Programs Attended||$12.00||Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per youth|
|Children's Programs Attended||$7.00||Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per child|
|Museum Passes Borrowed||$30.00||Museum admission fee - estimated average for a family of four|
|Meeting Room Use (per hour)||$25.00||Estimated value|
|Computer Use (per hour)||$18.00||FedEx/Kinkos price|
|Database Searches||$19.95||Average cost for online article search|
|Reference Assistance||$7.00||Average library cost|