Library Value Calculator

Library Value Calculator

This table explains how the library arrived at the costs it uses in the Library Value Calculator.

Library Service Value Value Based On
Books borrowed $27.00 List price for a hardcover
Childrens books borrowed $20.00 List price
Magazine issues borrowed $5.00 Average newsstand price
Newspapers read $1.00 Newsstand price for The Oregonian
Online resource sessions $25.00 e.g. learning a language with Mango Languages or searching Consumer Reports
Music CDs borrowed $10.00 Price to download an album from iTunes
Audiobooks downloaded $7.50 Average price for an audiobook on audible.com
E-books downloaded $12.99 Average price of an e-book from Barnes & Noble or Amazon
DVDs borrowed $5.00 Average price to rent a DVD
Audiobooks on CD $35.00 List price
Adult programs attended $10.00 Estimate
Childrens programs attended $6.00 Estimate
Hours of computer use $12.00 Hourly price for word processing & internet access at FedEx Office
Reference questions asked $15.00 Estimate