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Library Advocacy


Tell us how your local library has impacted and made a difference in your life! You can:

  1. Use the form on this page, or

  2. email, or

  3. use #MCMLS and #mylibrarystory on social media.


Curious how much the services the library provides you would cost if you had to pay for them directly? To find out, just enter in the lefthand column the number of times you or your family use each service listed down the center. 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 – and let us know what you think about our library service!


Input Your Use       

Library Materials & Services

Value of Your Use





This worksheet was adapted from the Massachusetts Library Association.

How the Values are Calculated

The cost figures for library services were derived by the Massachusetts Library Association based on the table below, last updated in 2013:

Library Service

Value of Service       

Based On


Adult Books Borrowed

$17.00 average price

Young Adult Books Borrowed

$12.00 average price

Children Books Borrowed

$17.00 average price

Audiobooks Borrowed

$9.95 download average

Interlibrary Loan Requests

$25.00 average price plus shipping

eBooks Downloaded


Estimated B&N/Amazon average

Magazines Read


Estimated purchase price average

Newspapers Read


Boston Globe subscription (outside city)

Movies Borrowed


Estimated Netflix average

CDs Borrowed


iTunes download album average

Meeting Room Use (per hour)


Estimated value

Adult Programs Attended


Entertainment/program admission fee – estimated avg.

Young Adult Programs Attended        


Entertainment/program admission fee – estimated avg.

Children’s Programs Attended


Entertainment/program admission fee – estimated avg.

Museum Passes Borrowed


Museum admission fee – estimated average for two adults

Computer Use (per hour)


FedEx/Kinkos price

Database Searches


Average cost for online article search

Reference Assistance


Average library cost