What’s the Library Worth to You?

Using  statistics from the fiscal year ending in June, the Berkshire Athenaeum compiled a list of library services used during the year and calculated how much its patrons would have had to pay directly if the great library services were not offered. They reported that out of Pittsfield’s total municipal expenditures, the library’s share amounted to less than 1%!

Pittsfield taxpayers get a tremendous bang for the bucks they invest in the library!

  • Books: 207,255 were borrowed (@ $35) =$7,253,925 for patrons
  • E-books: 1,774 were borrowed (@ $10) = $17,740
  • Audio-visuals (CDs, cassettes, VHS, DVDs): 62,700 were borrowed (@ $20) = $1,254,000
  • Museum passes: 2,232 were borrowed (@ $10) = $22,320
  • Reference inquiries: 36,353 were asked (@ $10) = $366,340
  •  Internet access using the library’s PCs: 38,353 units (@ $5) = $191,765
  •  Online database access: 10,340 units (@ $10) = $103,400
  • Wireless Internet signal use: 10,536 units (@ $5) = $52,680
  • Computer training sessions: 195 used (@ $50) = $9,750
  • Attendance at children’s programs: 3,647 (@ $5) = $18,235
  • Attendance at Friends co-sponsored events: 765 (@ $10) = $7,650
  •  Use of conference room by outside groups: 139 (@ $100) = $13,900
  • Use of auditorium by outside groups: 212 (@200) = $42,400

Total Value: $9,354,105
FY 2011 Operating Budget: $897,652
Minimum Return on Investment: 1,042%

[This article reprinted from the Newsletter of the Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum, Fall 2011, Volume 22, Number 5]

Advertisements

About Berkshire Athenaeum

We are the public library for the city of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
This entry was posted in advocacy, Friends of the Berkshire Athenaeum and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s