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Dear Patrons,

The North Shore Library is OPEN!

We will have limited hours, capacity and services but we are excited to welcome you back in the door. In order to maintain physical distancing, a set maximum number of people will be allowed in the building at one time. Our hours will be reduced so that we can offer the best possible service each day. All staff and patrons are required to wear face masks to keep everyone healthy and the library open. Curbside Pickup Service will continue. The building Book drop is open. We look forward to seeing you!

Library Hours:

Seniors and High Risk Patrons:
Monday & Wednesday 10:00-12:00

All Patrons: Monday – Thursday 12:00 – 6:00
                   Friday 10:00-5:00
                   Saturday 12:00-3:00

Curbside Pickup: Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-12:00
                           Saturday 9:30-11:30

Services offered will include:

  • Curbside Pickup Service
  • In person pick up of holds
  • Browse the collection and check items out
  • Check out magazines and newspapers
  • Limited number of public computers – 1 hour per
       day per person
  • Copier, Printer, Scanner
  • 24-7 Book drop access (all items are quarantined for
       4 days and then backdated when checked in)
  • Virtual Programs and Classes in June, July and August
  • Library Catalog
  • Reference services in person and by phone

Unavailable Services:

  • Study Room use
  • Community Room use
  • We cannot accept book donations
  • Newspaper/Magazine reading area
  • Puzzle area
  • Children’s room toys
  • Chairs for lounging, studying and meeting
  • Drinking fountain

We hope to see you soon!

Alyssa Pisarski
Interim Library Director

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Library Value

How do you determine what the North Shore Library's value is to you?
Take a few minutes and try this Library Value Calculator!

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 retail value of each service (if purchased) will be calculated on the right. Total value of your library use is shown at the bottom of the worksheet.
Tip: Tab between entries and do not use commas.

Your Use
Library Services Value of

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

The calculator worksheet has been adapted from original downloadable spreadsheet by the Massachusetts Library Association and adapted for the web by Chelmsford Public Library.

Explanation and Values for Library Use Value Calculator

This chart provides background for estimated or average costs for library resources and services.
For example, we used an average between hardcover and paperback prices for adult and childrens books from online retailers to arrive at average prices for those categories. We also relied on the Library and Book Trade Almanac for other print material prices. While the cost of many library resources has remained flat or decreased slightly since 2009, the cost of magazines and newspapers has increased substantially. Updated figures, July 2014

How are values calculated?

Below is a list of estimated or average cost of library services with explanations. Some values may vary.

Item Estimated Retail Value Values Explained
Hard Cover Book Borrowed $18.00 Average cost of hardcover for adults
Paperback Book Borrowed $12.00 Average cost of paperback for adults
Children Book Borrowed $10.00 Average cost of hardcover for children
Audiobooks Borrowed $25.00 Average cost to purchase an audio book
Interlibrary Loan Requests $30.00 Ave rag national cost for loans
eBooks/Audiobooks Downloaded $8.00 Average cost to download an e-book/audiobook
Magazine Borrowed $5.00 Average cost to purchase a popular periodical issue
Video Borrowed $17.00 Average cost to purchase a popular video
CDs Borrowed $22.00 Average cost to purchase a CD.
Newspaper Use in Library $7.50 Average monthly cost of a popular newspaper
Meeting Room cost per Use $50.00 Estimate
Program/Class Attended - Adult $14.00 Estimate
Program Attended - Children $11.50 Estimate
Computer Use per Hour e.g. Internet and MS Word per hour $12.00 Sample hourly rate at internet cafes for people using their computers, not their own laptops.
Reference Questions Asked $15.00 Estimated cost per question
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