Values and Explanation

Below are library services and their estimated or average values with explanations, used in the Library Use Value Calculator.

(updated September 2014).

Library Services

 

Retail Value

 

Explanation

 

Book Borrowed

$15.00

Average cost of hardcover for adults

Music CDs Borrowed

$10.00

Average retail or download 

Songs Downloaded

$1.00

Average cost per song (iTunes)

Movies Borrowed

$5.00

Average cost to rent a popular video

Audiobooks Borrowed

$18.00

Average cost to download

eBooks Borrowed

$8.00

Average cost to download

Newspapers & Magazines Viewed

$2.00

Estimate

Meeting Room Use per Hour

$50.00

Estimate (based on current rates)

MeLCat (Michigan e-Library)

$25.00

Average cost for loans

Adult Programs Attended

$15.00

Estimate

Children's & Teens Programs

$7.00

Estimate

Computer Use (Internet, MS Word)

$23.00

Sample hourly rate at a copy center

Classes Attended (ONEplace, etc.)

$25.00

Estimate

Other Database Searching (InfoTrac)

$20.00

Minimum cost for monthly access to sample online database

Reference Questions Asked

$20.00

Estimated cost per question

VHS Tapes Digitized at The Hub

$25.00

Estimate based on comparable services
Photos Digitized at The Hub

$1.00

Estimate based on comparable services
Lps or Cassettes Digitized at The Hub

$25.00

Estimate based on comparable services