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Library Use Calculator


What is the Juniata County Library worth to you?

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

1. Enter in the left-hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
2. Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
3. Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.

The cost figures for library services were derived by the Massachusetts Library Association based on the table below:

Library ServiceValue of ServiceBased On
 Adult Books Borrowed $17.00 Amazon.com average price
 Young Adult Books
 $12.00 Amazon.com average price
 Children Books
 $17.00 Amazon.com average price
 Movies Borrowed $4.00 Estimated Netflix average
 $9.95 Audible.com download average
 Music CDs Borrowed $9.95 iTunes download album average
 eBooks Downloaded $15.00 Estimated B&N/Amazon average


 $5.00 Estimated purchase price average
 Newspapers Read $9.50 New York Times subscription (outside city)
 Interlibrary Loan
 $25.00 Amazon.com average price plus shipping
 Adult Programs
 $15.00 Entertainment/program admission fee -
 estimated average per adult
 Young Adult Programs
 $12.00 Entertainment/program admission fee -
 estimated average per youth
 Children's Programs
 $7.00 Entertainment/program admission fee -
 estimated average per child
 Museum Passes
 $30.00 Museum admission fee - estimated average for a
 family of four
 Meeting Room Use
 (per hour)
 $25.00 Estimated value
 Computer Use
 (per hour)
 $18.00 FedEx/Kinkos price
 Database Searches $19.95 Average cost for online article search
 Reference Assistance $7.00 Average library cost