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Value Calculator

What is your Franklin Park Library Card worth to you?

How much would the services of your public library cost if you had to pay for them directly? Use this simple calculator to estimate the value of your library use.

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per year you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right.
  • Total annual value of your Library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.

Calculator to Estimate the Value of Your Library Use

Your Use
Library Services Value of

Value of Your Library Use:


How These Values Were Calculated

Estimated or Average Illinois Values with Explanation

Item Estimated
Values Explained
Book borrowed
Estimated average discount cost
of hardcover and paperback books
Audiobook borrowed $3.50 Weekly rental price at Cracker Barrel
Movie borrowed
Sample rental cost of DVD at national chain store

Music CD borrowed
Estimated purchase cost of popular music CD
Magazine read
Estimated purchase cost of popular magazine
Newspaper read
Estimated purchase cost of newspaper issue

Interlibrary Loan request $25.00 Average cost for loans in Illinois
Adult program or class attended $10.00

Teen program attended $6.00 Estimate
Children's program attended $6.00 Estimate
Meeting Room use per hour $10.00

Computer use per hour $12.00 Sample hourly rate at copy center
Online Tool used $20.00 Minimum cost for monthly access to sample online tool
Reference Question asked $5.00 Estimated cost per question

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet, 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.

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