Value Calculator
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
eMagazine Downloaded $5.00 $0
Newspapers Read $9.50 $0
Movies Borrowed $4.00 $0
CDs Borrowed $9.95 $0
Video Games Borrowed $29.95 $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
WiFi Connection (per two hours) $9.95 $0
Database Searches $19.95 $0
Reference Assistance $7.00 $0

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
Rental cost of a DVD
Music CD
Purchase cost of a music CD
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
Cost of outside classes
Museum Pass
Cost of two adult ($11.95) and one child ($7.95) admission tickets to a museum
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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