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Calculated Values of Library Services

The values used in the Library Value Use Calculator were determined as follows:

Library Service Value Values Explained
Books Borrowed per Month $15.00 Estimated average discount cost of hardcover and paperback
Magazines Borrowed per Month $5.00 Estimated average cost to purchase a popular magazine issue
DVDs Borrowed per Month $17.00 Estimated average cost to purchase a DVD
Audiobooks Borrowed per Month $15.00 Estimated average cost to purchase an audio book
Music CDs Borrowed per Month $10.00 iTunes download album average
eBooks and Downloadable Audiobooks/Movies/Music per Month $15.00 Average cost to download an eBook/audiobook/movies/music
Interlibrary Loan Requests per Month $25.00 Average cost for loans; Amazon.com average price plus shipping
Meeting Room Use (Hours per Month) $50.00 Estimated value
Study Room Use (Hours per Month) $10.00 Estimated value
Program/Class Attended per Month - Adult $15.00 Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per adult
Program/Class Attended per Month - Teen $12.00 Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per youth
Program/Class Attended per Month - Child $7.00 Entertainment/program admission fee - estimated average per child
Computer Use (Hours per Month) $21.00 Sample hourly rate for computer rental services (Internet and MS Office) at a copy center (FedEx/Kinkos price) or internet cafe
WiFi Use (Hours per Month) $4.00 Sample hourly rate for secure, high-speed, unlimited wifi from commerical service or internet cafe
Online Learning (Mango Languages, Lynda.com, Universal Class) $20.00 Average cost of tutor for one hour
Live Homework Help Online $15.00 Based on Tutor.com estimate of tutoring value
Databases Used per Month (Number of Separate Databases) $20.00 Average cost for online article search
Research Questions Asked per Month $10.00 Average market rate