Library Value Calculator

We know you value the services and resources provided by your public library, but just how much are those services worth?

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Value you receive monthly from your library: -

For every $1.00 in taxes you spend on your library, you receive - of value in return*


*Where did these numbers come from? -- Per capita expenditures were collected from Wisconsin's Public Library Statistics, compiled by the State Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning (DLTCL). The return on investment is calculated by dividing each library's annual per capita expenditure by 12 (the number of months) to get a monthly per capita expenditure. The formula then divides the total value received each month by the monthly per capita expenditure.

This calculator is an adaptation of projects by the Maine State Library and Library Research Service, a unit of the Colorado State Library and the Colorado Department of Education that is operated in partnership with the Library and Information Science (LIS) Program, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver.