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Library Use Value Calculator

Updated figures, September 2011

What is your library worth to you?

How much would you pay out-of-pocket for your library services?

  • Enter in the left hand column the number of times per month you or your family use each service.
  • Estimated value of each service will be calculated on the right. See How We Calculated Savings below.
  • Total value of your monthly library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Tip: Click in the entry box and enter whole values; do not use commas.

Monthly Value of Library Services Used

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(i.e. Internet, MS Word, etc.)

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from original downloadable spreadsheet by the Massachusetts Library Association and then adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library. Maine State Library added extra accessibility coding and reformatting for ease of reading online. This spreadsheet requires either Microsoft Excel or the Excel Viewer.

How We Calculated Savings

Updated figures, September 2011

This section provides an explanation of how we estimated costs of library resources and services used in the calculator.

Listing of estimated or average values, with explanation

Item Estimated Retail Value Values Explained
Hardbound Book Borrowed $17.00 Average cost of hardcover for adults
Paperback Book Borrowed $7.00 Average cost of paperback for adults
Children Book Borrowed $12.00 Average cost of hardcover for children
Audiobooks Borrowed $10.00 Average cost to purchase an audio book
Interlibrary Loan Requests $20.00 Average employee, postage & handling cost for loans
eBooks/Audiobooks Downloaded $15.00 Average to provide download service for an ebook/audiobook
Magazine Borrowed $5.00 Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Video Borrowed $5.00 Average cost to rent a popular video
Music CDs Borrowed $9.95 Average cost to purchase a a CD.
FAX pages sent $1.00 Per page savings VS. copy center rate
Magazine/Newspaper Use in Library $7.50 Average monthly cost of a popular magazines/newspapers issue
Meeting Room Use per Hour $40.00 Difference in per hour rate VS. other facilities
Printing/Copying $0.10 Per page saving VS. copy center rate
Program/Class Attended - Adult $30.00 Employee cost to put on a 2 hour program
Program Attended - Children $45.00 Employee cost to put on a 2 hour program
Computer Use per Hour e.g., Internet and MS Word per hour $10.00 Estimate of our costs per hour to provide this service
Reference Questions Asked $15.00 Estimated cost per question

Based initially on the calculator from Massachusetts Library Association.

Library Facilities

The Lassen Library District is located in a single story, 11,100 square foot building in the heart of Susanville, California. The library has a collection of more than 43,000 items.  

Main Reading Room

Public Access Computer Area
The Main Reading Room is the central area of the library. It contains all of the library’s collections, the public access computing area, magazine and newspaper reading area, microfilm reading/printing station, the new Teen Area and the Circulation Desk. Four study carrels and two worktables are provided for patron use.




Magazine Reading Area
Teen Area









Microfilm Station
Reading Room Study Area



Entrance to Children's Corner

Children’s Corner

The Children’s Corner is a separate, 1,920 square foot room specially designed with young children in mind. It contains size appropriate furniture for our young patrons and a collection of more than 11,000 age-appropriate books and materials. Pre-school and after-school reading programs are held in the Children’s Corner and three computers are provided to run age-appropriate educational and recreational applications.




Image Conference Room

A 600 square foot conference room is located off the main lobby area. The conference room is rated for an occupancy of 20-25 people and is furnished with up to five conference tables and chairs, depending on configuration. The conference room has Internet access, either wired or wireless, and has a telephone connection. Audio/visual capabilities include a projection screen and VHS tape/DVD players that can be connected to a TV or projector.

The conference room is available for rental by the general public. Download the Reservation Form or contact the Library Circulation Desk to obtain one.


Back Office Cataloging Area

Back Office

The Back Office area is an "employees only" area in which are located the offices of the Library Director/Manager of Library Services and the Administrative Assistant. Also located here is the book processing area in which the library's catalogers receive, research, prepare, repair and catalogue the books and materials that will be placed into the library's collection. A staff break room and the library's telecommunications and computer room round out the Back Office area.

Employment Opportunites

Click on the position title to view/download the position description.
View/download the Employment Application.

Currently Available Employee Positions

No positions currently being filled.

Employee Composition

Every member of the library district’s staff is a part-time employee. There currently are 9 employees on the staff. The staff consists of a library director, manager of library services, administrative assistant, librarian assistants, catalogers, and literacy program coordinators.

District Librarian

By state of California law, every library must have a certificated librarian on the staff. The Library Director of the Lassen Library District is a shared position with a librarian at another library. Currently, this person is also the librarian of High Desert State Prison. The Library Director reports directly to the Board of Library Trustees and is responsible for relations with the California State Library, long range planning, advising on District policies and identifying/acquiring funding. The Library Director is a management position at the library.

Manager of Library Services

This position reports to the Library Director and the Board of Library Trustees and has overall responsibility for library operations, including library employee supervision, materials acquisition and public relations. The Manager of Library Services is a management position at the library.

Administrative Assistant

This position reports to the Library Director and the Manager of Library Services and is responsible for bookkeeping, administrative and facilities support of the district. The Administrative Assistant is a management position at the library.

Librarian Assistant

Librarian assistants report to the Manager of Library Services and are responsible for the daily operation of the library. They man the circulation desk, assist patrons in their use of library services and products and maintain the physical appearance of the library. They also perform various administrative and programming support tasks as may be assigned.

Librarian Assistant - Youth Services

The Youth Services Librarian Assistant reports to the Manager of Library Services and is reponsible for the planning, preparation and conduct of the library's programs for children and teens.


Catalogers report to the Manager of Library Services and are responsible for preparing and entering newly received materials into the library’s online catalog system and removing materials that are to be disposed of.

Library Location, Contact Information and Hours of Operation

Library Location

The library is located at 1618 Main Street
Susanville, Lassen County, California

Next to the Susanville Grocery Outlet.











Hours of Operation


11:00am - 5:00pm


11:00am - 5:00pm


11:00am - 5:00pm




11:00am - 3:00pm 












How to contact us:

530-251-8127 Circulation Desk

530-257-8113 Library Manager, business office, cataloging personnel

530-257-8115 FAX 

530-257-8113 Literacy programs coordinator

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Our mailing address is:

Lassen Library District
1618 Main Street
Susanville, CA 96130-4505

Budget and Financials

 Page last updated on June 26, 2014

Budgeting Schedule

The Lassen Library District fiscal year runs from July 1 to June 30.
The budgetary schedule of events is as follows:

April The long range plan is reviewed and revised as necessary.
Current year accomplishments are compared to those planned and uncompleted goals are continued to the next year.
Preliminary budget is developed.
May Preliminary budget is submitted to Board of Library Trustees for a first reading.
June Final budget is presented to Board of Library Trustees for approval.
Current fiscal year ends June 30
July New fiscal year begins July 1.
January Mid-year review of the budget is conducted.

The Fiscal Year 2014 - 2015 Budget

At its June 18, 2014 meeting the Board of Library Trustees approved the District's operating budget for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. The approved budget continues to reflect significant cuts to public libraries by the California state budget. The Board maintained the current weekly hours of operation at 22. The budget shows a $370 surplus. As is the practice with all initial budgets this budget assumes worst case situations for utilities, payroll and other expenses which are dependent on the weather and economic factors beyond our control.  The budget will be reviewed in January 2016.

The following tables and charts depict the composition of the FY 2014 - 2015 Operating Budget.  Click Here (PDF) for the budget document which provides a detailed description of the FY2014-2015 Budget.  



Long Term Budgetary Trend

The following chart depicts the actual audited income and expense figures at the end of each fiscal year since the District commenced operations in 1995 plus the planned budgeted income and expense figures for the current fiscal year. With the exception of the early years when funds were available to acquire, remodel and outfit the library's new building, the District has experienced declining income levels, and associated declining levels of expenditures. The trend for the last ten years has been essentially flat, although the 2012 and 2013 budgets show the effects of the fiscal distress the state of California and the Library District are under.



Anuual Audit of Financial Condition

The final audit of the District's financial records for the FY2013-2014 year ending June 30, 2014 can be read here (pdf)

District Appropriation Limits