Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Library Use Value Calculator

A public library in Massachusetts has a Library Use Value Calculator on its website. People can plug in the number of books they check out or the number of magazine articles they retrieve from a database and get an estimate of what they would cost if they had to buy them directly.

The calculator is set up for public libraries and we're a little different (no children's programs, audio books, or museum passes), but you can still think about how much library services add to your education or research.

Hundreds of thousands of books, rich and varied databases, pleasant spaces to study, interlibrary loan, expert reference assistance -- all here for you whenever you want them. Each interaction is "free" -- thanks to tuition, tax dollars, and gifts to the law library.

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