How much would the services of your public library cost if you had to pay for them directly? Use this simple calculator to estimate the value of your Library use.
- Enter in the left hand column the number of times per year you or your family use each service.
- Estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right.
- Total annual value of your Library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
- Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
How These Values Were Calculated
|Book borrowed||$15.00||Estimated average discount cost of hardcover and paperback books|
|Audiobook borrowed||$40.00||Estimated average purchase cost|
|eBook borrowed||$10.00||Estimated average purchase cost|
|Movie borrowed||$4.00||Sample rental cost of DVD at national chain store|
|Music CD borrowed||$10.00||Estimated purchase cost of popular music CD|
|Magazine read||$2.00||Estimated purchase cost of popular magazine issue|
|Newspaper read||$0.50||Estimated purchase cost of newspaper issue|
|Museum Adventure Passes borrowed||$16.00||Average admissions for groups of 2 to 4 to participating museums or Brookfield Zoo|
|Interlibrary Loan request||$25.00||Average cost for loans in Illinois|
|Adult program or class attended||$10.00||Estimate|
|Teen program attended||$6.00||Estimate|
|Children program attended||$6.00||Estimate|
|Group Study Room use per hour||$10.00||Estimate|
|Computer use per hour||$12.00||Sample hourly rate at copy center|
|Online Tool used||$20.00||Minimum cost for monthly access to sample online tool|
|Information and Reference Question asked||$7.00||Estimated cost per question|