Morris County Library

MCL Services Calculator

This calculator, developed by two New England libraries (Maine State Library and Chelmsford, MA) estimates the value of your public library materials and services. Enter in the lefthand column the number of times you or your family use each service listed down the center. Use tab key to jump from item to item. The estimated retail value of each service will be calculated on the right, and the total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet. Thanks for trying it out!

How many? Library Services Value of
Books Borrowed $
Movies Borrowed $
Audiobooks borrowed/downloaded $
Computer or career class hours $
Museum passes (times borrowed) $

Magazine Use in Library $
Interlibrary Loan $
Meeting Room Use (Hours) $
Children's Programs Attended $

Hours of Computer Use
  (i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)
Days used databases (EBSCO, RefUSA, Ancestry, etc.) $
Reference Questions Asked $


This worksheet has been adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet provided by the Massachusetts Library Association.

About the prices: books, movies, magazines, interlibrary loan and databases are rough averages, to even out the highs and lows, hardcover vs. paperback books, scholarly vs popular magazines, etc.
Computer time, children's programs and meeting rooms are based on actual, local costs. (Example, February, FedEx-Kinkos = $21/hr computer use; children's live performances cost $400-600; local adult school computer classes, $15/hr, etc.)
National average prices of library materials are found in the Library and Book Trade Almanac, published by Information Today, Inc., Medford, NJ

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Morris County Library, NJ
30 June 2010