December 2008

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 will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.

Input Your Use Library Services Value of Services
(i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)


Additional information

The calculator above was adapted from a spreadsheet (which required either Microsoft Excel or the Excel Viewer). It was originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library. Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online.

The figures were calculated with data from a 2006 study about the economic benefits of libraries and the Maine State Library.