Library Use Value Calculator
What is Regent University Library worth to you?
How much would you pay out-of-pocket for the services you receive from your library?
- Choose "weekly", "bi-weekly" or "monthly."
- Fill in the number of items or hours in the list below (leave the items blank if they do not apply to you).
- Your yearly benefit will show up at the top of the calulator and your weekly, bi-weekly or monthly value will show up at the bottom.
The values in the calculator were determined by the estimated cost of obtaining each of the items without the use of the library.
- Book Borrowed
- Average purchase cost of a new (hardback) book
- eBook Downloaded
- Starting cost of an Amazon eBook
- Magazine used in-house
- Average subscription cost for one issue based on a cycle of 26 issues per year
- Journal used in-house
- Average subscription cost for one issue
- Reference Question
- 15 minutes with a Librarian earning $40,000/year
- Research consultation/assistance
- 1 hour with a Librarian earning $40,000/year
- Database Search
- Median cost for a single search in an Academic database
- eJournal Article downloaded
- Electronic Resource usage statistics: average cost per full-text document retrieved
- Hour of computer use (Internet, Word, etc.)
- Cost of hourly computer usage. $0.20/minute at FedEx Office.
- Wireless (Wi-Fi) Access
- 2 hours at Starbucks
- DVD Borrowed
- Sample non-new release rental at a video store (new release: $5.00)
- Interlibrary Loan book
- $ Service cost + $ UPS shipping + $ labor plus originating library's cost
- Book through Document Delivery
- “What Goes Around” by Susanna Ashton, Chronicle of Higher Education, March 14, 2007
- Hour of meeting room use
- Hourly rate at FedEx Office
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Last Updated 4/09/2010