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


Book Borrowed


Average cost of hardcover for adults

Music CDs Borrowed


Average cost of music download (iTunes)

Movies Borrowed


Average cost to rent a popular video

Audiobooks Borrowed


Average cost to download an audio book

eBooks Borrowed


Average cost to download an ebook

Meeting Room Use per Hour


Estimate (based on current fees)


MeLCat (Michigan e-Library)


Average cost for loans


Adult Programs Attended




Children's & Teens Programs




Computer Use (Internet, MS Word)


Sample hourly rate at a copy center

Classes Attended (ONEplace, etc.)




Other Database Searching (InfoTrac)


Minimum Cost for Monthly Access to Sample Online Database

Reference Questions Asked


Estimated cost per question