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What is the Shared Library Saving You?

Library Use Value Calculator

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for the library services you use?

  • 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.
  • The Total Value of your Monthly & Yearly library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
  • Disclaimer: The values for the items in the calculator were derived from the Maine State Library calculator
    and adapted for New Jersey by Mount Laurel Public Library.

Input Your
Use

Library Services

( Valued at )

Value of
Services

Books Borrowed   ( $15 )

$

Children's Books Borrowed   ( $12 )

$

Paperbacks   ( $7 )

$

Magazines Borrowed   ( $3.50 )

$

Newspapers Browsed   ( $1 )

$

Movies Borrowed   ( $4 )

$

Audio Books Borrowed   ( $10 )

$

Magazine Use in Library   ( $1 )

$

Interlibrary Loan   ( $30 )

$

Meeting Room Use / Hour ( $50 )

$

Adult Programs and Classes Attended  ( $10 )

$

Children's Programs Attended ( $6 )

$

Hours of Computer Use
  [i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.]   ( $12 )

$

Free Tax Preparation   ( $6.25 )
  [ Total Annual Value $75.00 ]

$

Online Newspaper Article   ( $1 )

$

Use of Online Database Searching   ( $20 )

$

Information Research Requests Answered   ( $15 )

$

$
$



Acknowledgements:

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library. This spreadsheet requires either Microsoft Excel or the Excel Viewer.  Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online. Mount Laurel Public Library adjusted the categories and prices to better reflect the items and costs in New Jersey.

Comments

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