Calculate the monetary value of your library use

It's easy to find out how much your library can save you

  • 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.
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    Value of Your Library Use:  

How These Values Were Calculated


Estimated or Average Illinois Values with Explanation

Item Estimated
Retail
Value
Values Explained
Book borrowed $15.00 Estimated average discount cost of hardcover and paperback books
Audiobook borrowed $40.00 Estimated average purchase cost
eBook borrowed $10.00 Estimated average purchase cost
Movie borrowed $4.00 Sample rental cost of DVD at national chain store

Music CD borrowed $10.00 Estimated purchase cost of popular music CD
Magazine read $2.00 Estimated purchase cost of popular magazine issue
Newspaper read $0.50 Estimated purchase cost of newspaper issue

Museum Adventure Passes borrowed $16.00 Average admissions for groups of 2 to 4 to participating museums or Brookfield Zoo
Interlibrary Loan request $25.00 Average cost for loans in Illinois
Adult program or class attended $10.00 Estimate

Teen program attended $6.00 Estimate
Children program attended $6.00 Estimate
Group Study Room use per hour $10.00 Estimate

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
Information and Reference Question asked $7.00 Estimated cost per question