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Library Use Value Calculator

 

What is your Library worth to you?

 

How much would you pay out of pocket for your library services?

 

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This worksheet has been adapted from the Massachusetts Library Association and Chelmsford Library. Cost estimates were updated with 2016 data.

 

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