Check out this Library Value Calculator where anyone can enter the number of times they have availed themselves of various library resources and get an estimate of its monetary value. (You can follow a pop-up link on the bottom of the page to see how the values were calculated. The amount assigned to each service may be arbitrary but it is a reminder that library resources are not free. Taxpayers, Friends of Libraries, philanthropists, and grants pay for your library privileges. In the case of academic libraries, tuition and fees pay for the library. (Oh, and overdue fines.)
You can probably go a long time without going to a library but libraries are a public good.
|Noam Chomsky in 2015|
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