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Dear Patrons,

During the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we are committed to providing meaningful and impactful services the safest way we can. As the health crisis intensifies in our community, we will return to curbside pickup and virtual services beginning Monday, November 23. The Library building will not be open to the public and no in person services will be available. We look forward to continuing to serve you through our many virtual programs and curbside service options.

Our curbside service options will look differently than they did this spring. Our book drop will remain open 24/7 and library staff will be available to assist you during all service hours. You will be able to place requests for items belonging to other libraries. Librarians will be available to provide telephone or virtual reference services and no appointments will be necessary for curbside pickup. For more information, read about our services below.

Thank you for your understanding as we strive to provide you with important and engaging services. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Alyssa Pisarski
Interim Library Director
North Shore Library

Curbside Service is available for Holds Ready for Pick-Up, Lucky Day Collections, and Share Shed Items.

Curbside Pickup:
Monday - Thursday 10:00-6:00
Friday 10:00-5:00
Saturday 12:00-3:00
***Last request taken 15 minutes before close.

Services offered will include:

Give us a call or explore our website to learn more!

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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