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ILLINOIS STATE LIBRARY


Library Use Value Calculator

Explanation and Values for Library Use Value Calculator

The chart below provides estimated or average costs for library resources and services. An average between hardcover and paperback prices for adult and childrens books from online retailers was used to arrive at average prices for those categories. The Library and Book Trade Almanac (formerly The Bowker Annual) was consulted for other print material prices.

Item/Library Service
Estimated Retail Value
Based On
Adult Books Borrowed
$17.00
Average cost of hardcover for adults
Paperback Book Borrowed
$7.00
Average cost of paperback for adults
Children Book Borrowed
$12.00
Average cost of hardcover for children
Audiobooks Borrowed
$10.00
Average cost to purchase an audio book
Interlibrary Loan Requests
$30.00
Average national cost for loans
eBooks/Audiobooks Downloaded
$15.00
Average cost to download an ebook/audiobook
Magazine Borrowed
$5.00
Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Newspapers Read
$9.95
Chicago Tribune monthly subscription
Video Borrowed
$5.00
Average cost to purchase a popular video
CDs Borrowed
$9.95
Average cost to purchase a a CD
Newspaper Use in Library
$9.95
Monthly subscription cost of Chicago Tribune
Meeting Room Use per Hour
$50.00
Estimate
Program/Class Attended - Adult
$10.00
Estimate
Program Attended - Children
$6.00
Estimate
Computer Use per Hour
$12.00
Sample hourly rate at internet cafes for people using their computers, not their own laptops
Reference Questions Asked
$15.00
Estimated cost per question

The cost figures for library services and estimated retail values were derived from a spreadsheet originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association, and updated by the Maine State Library.