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.
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's Book Borrowed||$20.00||Average cost of hardcover for children|
|Magazine Borrowed||$4.50||Average cost to purchase a magazine issue|
|Video Borrowed||$19.00||Average cost to purchase a popular video|
|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|
|Magazine/Newspaper Use in Library||$40.00||Average monthly cost of a popular periodical/newspapers issue|
|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||$82.00||Average Monthly Database Cost|
|Reference Questions||$7.00||Estimated cost per question|
|Meeting Room Use||$25.00||Meeting Room Per Hour|
Last updated October 23rd, 2012