Values and Explanation

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

(updated September 2012).

Library Services

Retail Value

Explanation

Book Borrowed

$15.00

Average cost of hardcover for adults

Music CDs Borrowed

$10.00

Average cost of music download (iTunes)

Movies Borrowed

$4.00

Average cost to rent a popular video

Audiobooks Borrowed

$15.00

Average cost to download an audio book

eBooks Borrowed

$15.00

Average cost to download an ebook

Meeting Room Use per Hour

$5.00

Estimate (based on current fees)

 

MeLCat (Michigan e-Library)

$30.00

Average cost for loans

 

Adult Programs Attended

$15.00

Estimate

 

Children's & Teens Programs

$10.00

Estimate

 

Computer Use (Internet, MS Word)

$12.00/hr

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

$7.00

Estimated cost per question