Berkshire Athenaeum: A return on investment for taxpayers

dollarUsing service indicators from fiscal year 2013, just think if you had to pay for all those great services at your public library:

194,338 Books borrowed (@$35) = $ 6,801,830
2,758 Magazines borrowed (@$5)  = $13,790
4,271 E-Content borrowed (@$10)  = $64,650
26,011 Audio books and music CD’s borrowed (@ $20) = $520,220
43,837 Video (VHS and DVD’s) borrowed (@$20) =  $876,740
2,581 Museum Passes (@ $10) =  $25,810
27,120 Reference inquiries (@ $10) = $271,200
38,460 Internet Access using Athenaeum PC’s (@ $5) =  $192,300
9,331 Database Sessions (@ $10) = $93,310
15,003 Wireless Internet Signal Use (@ $5) = $75,015
242 Computer Training Sessions (@ $50) = $12,100
3,524 Attendance at children’s programs (@ $5) = $17,620
797 Friends-sponsored lecture and concert attendance (@ $10) = $7,970
171 Use of conference room by outside groups (@ $100) = $17,100
209 Use of auditorium by outside groups (@ $200)  = $41,800

Total value of services provided $ 9,031,455

Library’s FY’13 Operating Budget $ 941,110

Minimum return on investment 960%

Out of Pittsfield’s total municipal expenditures, the library’s share amounts to approximately 1%. Pittsfield taxpayers continue to get a tremendous bang for the bucks they invest in the Berkshire Athenaeum.

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