It is estimated that for every $1 of tax money spent on libraries, the return on investment is $4.

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated retail 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.


Library Services Value
(i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)

Explanation of Values

Values used are estimates and average costs for library resources and services. For example, we used an average between hardcover and paperback prices for adult and children's books from online retailers to arrive at average prices for those categories. We also relied on the Library and Book Trade Almanac for other print material prices.