Library Use Value Calculator
What is your Library worth to you?
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 or rented) will be calculated on the right.
- Total value of your monthly Library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
- For a complete explanation of the value calculations, refer to the table below the worksheet.
- Tip: Tab between entries and don't use commas.
Library Use Value Calculator - Explanation of Values
This chart provides the background for the estimated retail values used to calculate the value of the Crystal Lake Public Library to you. Actual retail values can vary widely.
We hope this calculator will enable our patrons to receive a general estimate of how much money they may be saving when they use their Public Library versus paying for retail services. In addition, the Library offers 24/7 access to subscription databases and has a knowledgeable, friendly staff who answered 68,450 Research Questions in FY 15/16.
|Library Service||Value of Service||Based On|
|Adult Books Borrowed||$25.00||Average retail price for hardcover|
|Young Adult Books Borrowed||$18.00||Average retail price for hardcover/softcover|
|Children's Books Borrowed||$20.00||Average retail price for hardcover picture book|
|Audiobooks Borrowed||$15.00||Audible.com download average price (monthly membership)|
|eBooks Downloaded||$15.00||Estimated Amazon/iBooks average price|
|Magazines Read||$5.00||Estimated retail price average for single issue|
|Newspapers Read||$1.00||Northwest Herald retail price for single issue|
|Movies Borrowed||$12.25||7-night RedBox DVD/Blu-Ray rental (comparable to Library 7 day loan period)|
|Video Games Borrowed||$21.00||7-night RedBox rental (comparable to Library 7 day loan period)|
|CDs Borrowed||$10.00||iTunes download album average|
|Adult Programs Attended||$10.00||Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per adult|
|Young Adult Programs Attended||$10.00||Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per youth|
|Children's Programs Attended||$10.00||Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per child|
|Technology Classes Attended||$10.00||Class Fee charged at Woodstock Public Library|
|Computer Use (per hour)||$21.00||Crystal Lake FedEx Office hourly rate|