What’s Your Library Worth?

Library Value Calculator

We know you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but how much are those services worth? How much would you pay out-of-pocket if the library didn't exist, or if these services and resources weren't available at no cost?

Take a moment and reflect on your library use over the past month, then plug those numbers into the form below. This page will calculate a total value related to the items you checked out and the services and resources you used.

When you've finished, we invite you to share your findings with us by clicking on the "Share My Story" button at the bottom of this page. Please feel free to share some stories about your library use and why you believe the library is important to you and your family.

To use this form:

>Enter the number of times per month in the "Input your Monthly Use" you or your family use each service.
>The estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right.
>The total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.

Value of Your Library Use
Library Materials and Resources
Input your Monthly Use
Value of Services
Adult Books Borrowed

YA Books Borrowed

Children Books Borrowed

Audiobooks Borrowed

Interlibrary Loans

Ebooks Downloaded

Magazines Borrowed

Newspapers Read

Movies Borrowed

Music CD's Borrowed

Videogames Borrowed

Meeting Room Use (Hours per month)

Adults Attending a Program/Class

Children Attending a Program/Class

Young Adult Attending a Program/Class

Computer Use (Hours per month)

Databases Used (# of Separate Databases)

Reference Questions Asked Per Month

Value of Your Library Use per Month

**The cost figures for library services were derived by the Tonganoxie Public Library based on prices from Amazon, local newspaper subscriptions, Netflix, Audible, Entertainment/program admission fee, Museum admission fee, FedEx/Kinkos price, Average cos for online article search, and Average library cost.


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