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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 Borrowed $17.00 $0
YA Books Borrowed $12.00 $0
Childrens Books Borrowed $17.00 $0
Audiobooks Borrowed $9.95 $0
Interlibrary Loan Requests $25.00 $0
eBooks Downloaded $15.00 $0
Music CD $13.95 $0
Magazines Read $5.00 $0
Newspapers Read $9.50 $0
Movies Borrowed $4.00 $0
CDs Borrowed $9.95 $0
Music Downloaded $1.00 $0
Meeting Room Use (per hour) $25.00 $0
Adult Program Attended $15.00 $0
Young Adult Program Attended $12.00 $0
Childrens Program Attended $7.00 $0
Museum Passes Borrowed $20.00 $0
Computer Use (per hour) $12.00 $0
Database Searches $19.95 $0
Reference Assistance $7.00 $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.

Hardcover Books
Purchase cost of a new hardcover book
Softcover Books
Purchase cost of a new softcover book
Videos
Rental cost of a DVD
Music CD
Purchase cost of a music CD
Audiobook
Purchase cost of an CD audiobook
Ebook Download
Purchase cost of an ebook
Audiobook Download
Purchase cost of an audiobook
Computer Use
Cost of hourly computer usage at a business center
Programs/Classes
Cost of outside classes
Museum Pass
Cost of two adult ($11.95) and one child ($7.95) admission tickets to a museum
Newspaper/Magazine
Purchase cost of a magazine or 1 week of a newspaper subscription

Very special thanks to Luke T. Charde, who created this calculator to be used on the Troy Public Library website. It was inspired by a spreadsheet, created by the Massachusetts Library Association and the javascript adaptation and improvements by the Chelmsford Public Library and the Maine State Library. Updated 2-2016

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