Library Use Calculator

This calculator shows the value of various library services.

How to use:

  • Enter your family’s monthly use of each library service
  • The estimated retail value of each service is calculated on the right
  • The 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 Use Library Services Value of Services
Library
Item
Estimated
Value
Value
Explained
Book $17.00 Average cost of hardcover book for adults
Paperback $7.00 Average cost of paperback book for adults
Children Book $12.00 Average cost of hardcover book for children
Audiobook $10.00 Average cost to purchase an audio book
Interlibrary Loan Request $30.00 Average national cost for loans
eBook/Audiobook $15.00 Average cost to download an ebook/audiobook
Magazine $5.00 Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Video $5.00 Average cost to purchase a popular video
CD $9.95 Average cost to purchase a CD
Museum Pass $20.00 Sample museum admission for two
Magazine/Newspaper $7.50 Average monthly cost of a popular magazine/newspaper issue
Meeting Room Use per hour $50.00 Estimate
Auditorium Use per hour $250.00 Estimate
Program/Class Attended - Adult $10.00 Estimate
Program Attended - Children $6.00 Estimate
Computer Use per hour $12.00 Sample hourly rate at Internet cafes using the cafe's equipment
Reference Questions Asked $15.00 Estimated cost per question

This calculator's worksheet was adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and the Maine State Library.