Library Use Value Calculator Explanations of Values

The values of the items and services included in this calculator were derived from several other library calculators and adapted as appropriate by the Shaker Heights Public Library.

Library Service Value of Service Based On
Adult Books Borrowed $19.50 Amazon.com average price
Young Adult Books Borrowed $12.00 Amazon.com average price
Children Books Borrowed $17.00 Amazon.com average price
Audiobooks Borrowed $9.95 Audible.com download average
Playaways/Tablet Books Borrowed $20.00 Amazon.com average price
Interlibrary Loan Requests $25.00 Estimated Amazon average price plus shipping
eBooks Downloaded $10.00 Estimated B&N / Amazon average
Magazines Read $5.00 Estimated purchase price average
Newspapers Read $9.50 New York Times subscription
Movies Borrowed $3.00 Average cost to rent from Netflix / Amazon / Video on Demand
Music CDs Borrowed $9.99 Average cost to purchase an audio CD
Music Downloaded $9.00 Average cost to download CD from iTunes
Wireless HotSpot Borrowed $12.50 Average monthly consumer cost divided by 4 weeks
Study Room Use (per hour) $10.00 Estimated value
Adult Program Attended $25.00 Entertainment/program admission fee – estimated average per adult
Young Adult Program Attended $15.00 Entertainment/program admission fee – estimated average per youth
Childrens Program Attended $20.00 Entertainment/program admission fee – estimated average per child
Computer Use (per hour) $19.50 FedEx/Kinkos Price
Database Searches $10.00 Average cost for online article search
Reference Assistance $50.00 Estimate of hourly cost of private research service equivalent to Master of Library Science
Wifi Use (per hour) $4.99 Estimate of hourly cost of wifi from Boingo / Gogo / XFinity
Computer Training $25.00 Estimate of cost of private computer training

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