Value of Library Services Calculator

How much would you pay without the Library?

  • Enter in the left-hand column the quantity for each service.
  • The estimated value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your Library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
Enter Amount You Use Library Services Value of Services Retail Price & Source
Monthly internet fee=$15 (Spectrum Internet Assist)
Avg. book price=$26 (Library Journal)
Avg. children's book price=$18 (Library Journal)
Avg. DVD price=$15 (estimate, Walmart.com)
Avg. CD price=$10 (RIAA)
Avg. eBook price=$9 (AuthorEarnings.com)
Amazon rental=$6 (Amazon.com)
Spotify basic plan=$10 (Spotify.com)
iTunes price=$1 (iTunes)
Avg. price=$15 (estimate from Google Play)
Ancestry monthly price=$20 (Ancestry.com)
Avg author talk ticket=$15 (estimate, Rainy Day Books)
Avg. children's event ticket=$10 (iFamilyKC.com)
Avg. study room rental=$15 (coworkwaldo.com)


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.