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"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."

—Charles Scribner, Jr.

 

What is your library worth to you?

Individual Return on Investment Calculator

Please enter the number of times you use the following library services each month

Your Use Library Services Value of Services
 
Value you receive monthly from your library:
$____

For every $1.00 in taxes you invest in your library, you receive $_____ of value in return*

Where did these numbers come from?
Typical taxpayer contributions are determined from the library's 2008 local income per capita. For libraries in Colorado, this can be found at http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php. We borrowed value of library service figures from Maine State Library's Library Use Value Calculator. For more information, see their explanation.

*Your personal return on investment is based on your responses and the typical annual tax contribution for Wellington Public Library. You see a returned value of $____ for every one dollar invested. Visit http://www.lrs.org/pub_stats.php to find Local Income per Capita for Colorado's public libraries.

This calculator is a modification of the Maine State Library calculator, developed by the Library Research Service.