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Using the Library Value Calculator

We know library users value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth? How much would they pay out-of-pocket if the library didn't exist, or if these services and resources weren't available at no cost?

The Library Use & Return on Investment Value Calculator is an opportunity for local residents to estimate the value of their monthly library use. This page calculates a total value related to the items checked out and the services and resources used. It also calculates a "return on investment" that is based on the per capita library expenditures in your community.

As an advocacy tool, you should either link to the SCLS calculator, have SCLS create a calculator specific to your community that will live on your website (if we host your website), or obtain the HTML code and Java Script from Rose Ziech and copy them to your website.


For more information about library advocacy, contact Mark Ibach.