What is the Library Worth to You?

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services? Or how much are you currently paying out-of-pocket when you don't use the library?

  • 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 will be calculated on the right.

  • Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.

Input Your
Library Services Value of
(i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)

The Westland Public Library is a great value!

The Value of Services was estimated in the following way:

  • Books, Music CDs & Audiobooks Borrowed, as well as Magazines Read: the average cost to purchase these items in hard copy or electronic formats
  • Movies Borrowed: the average cost of a movie rental in the area
  • Online Resources Used: the average cost for access to online databases
  • Programs Attended: the average cost of adult and children's programs
  • Computer & Wireless Internet Use: the average charge at retail businesses
  • Items Borrowed from another Library: the average cost of an interlibrary loan
  • Museum Passes: the average cost of museum admission in Southeast Michigan

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