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ABC Library Value Calculator  

Last Updated: Aug 4, 2014 URL: Print Guide Email Alerts
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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.
Input Your
Library Materials & ServicesValue of
Your Use

Adult Books Borrowed
Young Adult Books Borrowed
Children Books Borrowed
Movies Borrowed
Audiobooks Borrowed or Downloaded
Music CDs Borrowed
eBooks Downloaded
Magazines Borrowed or Downloaded
Newspapers Read
Interlibrary Loan Requests

Adult Programs Attended
Young Adult Programs Attended
Children's Programs Attended
Museum Passes Borrowed
Meeting Room Use (per hour)
Hours of Computer Use (e.g., Internet and MS Office)
Database Searches
Reference Assistance

Total Value (per month):

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 average price
Young Adult Books Borrowed $12.00 average price
Children Books Borrowed $17.00 average price
Movies Borrowed $4.00 Estimated Netflix average
Audiobooks Borrowed/Downloaded $9.95 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 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

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