How much does your library save you?

How much can you save by using your public library? Try our value calculator to find out.

Fill out the form in the space provided to figure out how much money your public library can save you each year.

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per year you or your family uses 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.
  • Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.
Value of Library Services
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This calculator worksheet has been adapted from a spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library.


“The return on investment in public libraries not only benefits individuals, but also strengthens community capacity to address urgent issues related to economic development.”