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Dear Patrons,

As you know the North Shore Library has been closed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. During the closure, staff have continued to offer wonderful programming and classes in Virtual format. We will continue to provide Virtual Classes this summer as we live with physical distancing and group gathering requirements.

Curbside Pickup service is available has been wildly popular. If you have not had a chance to try it yet, just click on the green “Schedule Curbside Pickup” Button above. You may also schedule your pickup directly at You can also check out e-books and e-audio books through Libby or Hoopla and digital magazines through RB Digital. These and the many databases on our website are available 24-7.

While we are closed, we have extended the due date on all items to June 15th. The building book drop is now open to accept returns. Please be aware that we are quarantining materials for a minimum of three days, so items will remain checked out on your library card for several days after you return them. We will be backdating items to be sure fines are not caused by this process.

We have missed seeing all of you. Although our doors are not open, we are busy preparing and planning for the day we can open. We are hoping this will be soon. We are very grateful to be able to serve the public virtually but, our hearts are heavy that we cannot open our doors each day and interact with you in person as you navigate this difficult time. There is no substitute for the relationships we have developed with our communities and we can’t wait to be back in full service to you as soon as we can.

Thank you and stay safe,

Susan Draeger-Anderson
North Shore Library Director

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Updates on our Library Remodel...

After considering a number of options for the North Shore Library, the Library Board and the four communities of Bayside, Fox Point, Glendale and River Hills have decided to move forward with a renovation of the Library’s current space. The North Shore Library Foundation has accepted the challenge to raise $1M before the construction can begin. Please consider making a contribution toward the renovation!
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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.

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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 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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