Library Use Value Calculator

Values and Explanation for Library Use Value Calculator

This chart provides the background for the estimated retail values used for calculating the values, based initially on the calculator from Massachusetts Library Association. Some of the values are estimates and averages with revision to reflect local costs.

Item Estimated Retail Value Values Explained
Adult Book Borrowed $27.00 Average cost of an adult book
Children's Book Borrowed $20.00 Average cost of a children's book
Young Adult Borrowed $20.00 Average cost of a young adult book
Paperback Book Borrowed $7.00 Average cost of a paperback book
Magazine Borrowed $3.50 Estimated cost to purchase one issue of a popular magazine
Videos/DVD's Borrowed $22.00 Average cost to purchase a movie.
Audiobooks Borrowed $41.00 Average cost to purchase an audiobook.
Magazines & Newspapers: Daily/Weekly Use in Library $10.00 Average monthly cost of a subscription.
Interlibrary Loan Materials $25.00 Average national cost for loans
Meeting Room Use per Hour $50.00 Estimate
Adult Program Attended $10.00 Average ticket price for cultural and educational events
Children's Programs Attended $6.00 Average admission price to museums and area movie theaters
Computer Use $12.00 Sample hourly rate at a copy center
Reference Questions Asked $15.00 Estimated cost per question