Library Value Calculator

Value Calculator
What is your library worth to you?

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

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • For any item calculated in Hours, enter your hours per month for that activity.
  • Estimated retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right.
  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
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For comparison, in Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the property-tax funded side of the City's general fund operations cost $82.13 per household. That equates to $34.15 per person and includes all the basic services in public safety, parks, library, animal control, street lights, traffic signals, and the support functions needed to allow those to operate.

For every dollar of property tax paid, about $0.083 goes to the library--a little more than eight cents. The cost of providing library service is $3.45 per resident and $8.30 per household each year.

If you'd like to share your results with us, note your totals and send us Your Library Story!

The calculator worksheet was adapted with permission from Louise Alcorn, West Des Moines Public Library. Thanks also to the Massachusetts Library Association, which created the original downloadable spreadsheet. It was adapted for the web by Chelmsford (MA) Public LibraryMaine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online. Thank you!