New Mexico State Library

Library Calculator

What is your New Mexico Public library worth to you?


The Library Value Calculator is a great marketing tool that many public libraries are using to demonstrate the library’s value in dollars and cents. People can easily see how much they would pay out-of-pocket for your library services.

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

  • 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.
Input Your
Library Services Value of
Books Borrowed
Magazines Borrowed
Videos Borrowed (e.g., Blockbuster)
Books on Tape Borrowed
State Park Passes Borrowed
Magazine Use in Library
Interlibrary Loan
Meeting Room Use per Hour
Auditorium Use per Hour
Adult Programs Attended
Children’s Programs Attended
Hours of Computer Use, e.g., Internet and  MS Word
Databases Used Per Month (# of separate Databases)
Reference Questions Asked

This calculator has been adapted from the one originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association.