The Library's gross budget for 2013 ($168,826) was equal to .04% of the Town's gross appropriation ($3,920,826).  The Town's 2013 tax rate was $2.34 per thousand.  The Library's share of that was $.0908 per thousand, for a grand total of $27.24 on a property assessed at $300,000, the average valuation in Town. 

That's a full year's worth of first rate library service and print, audio, digital, electronic, and online resources for about the cost of ONE book!

Library Use Value Calculator
What is your library worth to you?

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.
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The calculator worksheet has been adapted from the downloadable spreadsheet, originally provided by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library. Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online.

We'd love to hear what value you arrived at!    Send us your comments....