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Library Value Calculator

What would library services cost, if you had to pay for them directly?

To find out, in the left column, enter the number of times you or your family use each service. The estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right, and the total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.

Your use Library service Value


This calculator was adapted from a downloadable spreadsheet provided by the Massachusetts Library Association.
The values for library services are based on the table below:
Library service Value of service Based on
Adult books borrowed $17.00 Amazon.com average price
Children's/young adult books borrowed $12.00 Amazon.com average price
Magazines borrowed $5.00 Estimated purchase price average
Movies borrowed $4.00 Blockbuster average
Audiobooks borrowed $9.95 Audible.com download average
Music CDs borrowed $9.95 iTunes download album average
Newspaper use in library $10.00 Arizona Daily Star subscription (per month)
Magazine use in library $5.00 Average cost of a popular magazine issue
Interlibrary loan $25.00 Amazon.com average price plus shipping
Meeting room use (per hour) $25.00 Estimated value
Adult programs attended $15.00 Museum program/admission fee (single)
Children's programs attended $7.00 Museum program/admission fee - youth
Hours of computer use $12.00 FedEx-Kinkos price
Database searching (per month) $20.00 Minimum cost for monthly access to sample online database
Reference questions answered $7.00 Average library cost