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Library Value Calculator

What is your library saving you?
How much would you pay out-of-pocket for the library services you use?

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • 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.
  • Disclaimer: The values for the items in the calculator were derived from the Maine State Library calculator and adapted for New Jersey by Mount Laurel Public Library.

 

Input Your
Use

Library Services

Value of
Services

Books Borrowed

$

Children's Books Borrowed

$

Paperbacks

$

Magazines Borrowed

$

Newspapers Browsed

$

Movies Borrowed

$

Audio Books Borrowed

$

Magazine Use in Library

$

Interlibrary Loan

$

Meeting Room Use per Hour

$

Adult Programs and Classes Attended

$

Children's Programs Attended

$

Hours of Computer Use
  (i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)

$

Online Newspaper Article

$

Use of Online Database Searching

$

Information Research Requests Answered

$

$

Acknowledgements:

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library. This spreadsheet requires either Microsoft Excel or the Excel Viewer.  Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online. Mount Laurel Public Library adjusted the categories and prices to better reflect the items and costs in New Jersey.

Embedding the Calculator

Right click on the following image and save it to your computer.

Copy the following code into your web page and transfer the image file to your web server.
 

<a href="http://ldb.njstatelib.org/libvaluecalc"><img border="0" src="lvc.jpg" alt="Library Value Calculator from the New Jersey State Library" /></a> 

The base code for the calculator can be found by clicking the View menu at the top of your browser window, then click View Source. To embed the calculator, copy the code and paste it into the code of a web page on your site. You may have to alter the code to fit the look and feel of your site. If you have any difficulties with this process please contact Bob Keith and he will try his best to help you.