The New York State Library Association has an interesting tool that you can use to figure out how much your library is worth to you each year. You can access it here.
Here is a quick break down of what some of the services offered by the Olean Public Library are worth:
Hardcover book $18
Paperback book $8
Music CDs $12
Meeting Rooms $50/hr
Adult Programs $18
Kids Programs $15
Computer Use $3/hr
Questions answered $8/question
Also, in Olean it costs between $2.80 and $3.35 to rent a DVD and approximately $4 to rent a video game from rental establishments – at the Olean Public Library – it is free with your Library Card!
So, now that you have some figures, how much is your library worth to you each week? Each month?? Each Year???