Library Use Value Calculator Library Value Calculator

What is your library worth to you?

While the impact libraries have on lives may be priceless, the savings they provide are tangible!  Complete the survey below to find out how much you save by using TCPL!

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times weekly, biweekly, or monthly that you or your family typically use each service OR the number of items you or your family typically borrow in the time period you select.
  • Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
  • The total value of your library use will be shown at the bottom of the worksheet depending on the criteria you chose (weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Your Yearly Benefit will be shown at the top of the calculator.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
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My Yearly Benefit:
  • Libraries provide a valuable community resource.

    To find out how much value you receive from your library, complete the following survey... you may be surprised!

  • How often do you visit the library?

    • weekly
    • bi-weekly
    • monthly
  • How many of each item/service do you typically use?

Adult Books (print) $25.00 $0
Young Adult Books (print) $22.00 $0
Children's Books $18.00 $0
Audiobooks on CD $36.00 $0
eBooks (e-print and/or e-audio) $40.00 $0
Magazines $4.00 $0
Movies/DVDs $22.00 $0
Music CD $14.00 $0
Electronic Resources (digital content such as online magazine articles, books and booklists) $9.00 $0
Computer Use $15.00 $0
Programs Attended $7.00 $0
Study Room Use/Hr. $15.00 $0
Information Service (Reference Desk help) $8.00 $0
Computer Games $25.00 $0
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The values in the calculator were determined by the estimated cost of obtaining each of the items without the use of the library.

Adult Books (print)
$25.00**
Young Adult Books
$22.00**
Children's Books
$18.00**
Audiobooks on CD
$36.00 - pricing reflects the library's costs
eBooks (e-print and/or e-audio)
$40.00
Magazines
$4.00 - pricing is an average cost per issue
Movies/DVDs
$19.00 - pricing reflects the library's costs
Music CD
$19.00 - pricing reflects the library's costs
Electronic Resources (digital content such as online magazine articles, books and booklists)
$9.00 - price is calculated from vendor costs per usage
Computer Use
$15.00 - based on local commercial charges per hour
Programs Attended
$7.00 - price compares to admission at a popular, local, nonprofit venue
Study Room use/hr.
$15.00 - pricing for a small meeting room comparable to BorgWarner Room fees
Information Service (Reference Desk help)
$8.00 - New York Library Association is the source for pricing
Computer Games
$25.00 - Average of those bought in 2012
Pricing

*Figures derived from estimates provided by the New York Library Association and customized for the Tompkins County Public Library October 2013.

** Adult, Young Adult and Children's hardcvoer, trade and mass market paperbacks - prices identified from trade journal reports and library consortium pricing proportionate to holdings by format.


Credits and more information about this calculator

Figures from the Library Use Value Calculator of the New York Library Association were used for reference; however, this calculator has been customized for estimated values for use of the Tompkins County Public Library.

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Page last modified Oct 22, 2013