Friday, January 18, 2008

What is your library worth to you?

One of our librarians recently came across a library worth calculator on a Maine library’s web site. This calculator was designed to put a dollar amount on the goods and services that you take advantage of from your library. How it works is you are required to think about your yearly use of the library in terms of how many books, DVDs, music CDs, etc. that you borrow; how many programs you attend; how many hours you use our Internet computers or wireless access; etc. We were intrigued enough to look into adapting the calculator to our library, and with a little help from some friends we did just that. Follow this link to calculate what the Dover Public Library is worth to you on a yearly basis. My own use came to a whopping $4,190—what a geek, and I had co-workers that came in even higher--even geekier (my spell checker says this isn’t a word, but I think it is). With the price of books, magazines, DVDs, music CDs, audiobooks…it is no wonder that the dollar figure can climb so high. Follow this link to see what the DPL is worth to you and we would love to hear what you came up with.


  1. Anonymous4:32 PM

    I hit $1173 - but a low estimate. Amazing how valuable your library is to all of us!

  2. Anonymous9:27 PM

    I cannot even begin to estimate the amount of library services I use. My brain would melt!

  3. Anonymous8:57 AM

    I agree with the previous comment. I do not need a calculator to tell me the Library is priceless. I have had the pleasure of using this Library all my life. I appreciate all the effort the people working in the Library make to continue updating the services, especially the book is due email.
    Three cheers for the Dover Library.


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