Library Use Value Calculator
Explanations of Values
 
Library Service      

Value of Service

Based On

Adult Books borrowed

$17.00

Amazon.com average price

Children/Young Adult books borrowed

$12.00

Amazon.com average price

Magazines borrowed

$5.00

Estimated purchase price average

Newspapers browsed per week

$4.04

Richmond Times-Dispatch 7-day subscription

DVDs/Videos borrowed

$4.00

Blockbuster average

Audio Books borrowed

$9.95

Audible.com download average

CDs borrowed

$9.95

iTunes download album average

Interlibrary Loan request filled

$25.00

Amazon.com average price plus shipping

Meeting/study room use per hour

$12.50

Estimated value (based on avg. $300 per diem in Richmond)

Adult Programs attended

$15.00

Avg. local attraction admission fee (single)

Children's Programs attended

$7.00

Avg. local attraction admission fee (youth)

Hours of Computer Use (Internet, MS Word, etc.)

$11.00

Day-pass cost at FedEx-Kinko's/computer store (avg.)

Online Magazine or Newspaper Article

$1.00

Average cost for online article search using our online databases

Months of Use for Other Database Searching

$4.76

Overall database subscription cost per user per month

Information Research Requests Answered

$8.32

Avg. library cost for librarians

The cost figures for some library items and services were adapted from figures provided by the Massachusetts Library Association. The remaining figures are calculated for the Central Virginia area.