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There’s a tool called the Library Value Calculator that libraries all over the country use to demonstrate to people the value of their services. They enter their library’s usage statistics into the calculator and it shows how much money their services are worth if people had to pay for them at a business. For example, if the average price of an adult hardcover book on Amazon.com is worth $17 and the Library checks out an adult hardcover book 10 times, the book has given the public $170 of value. The calculator includes every type of service from music CDs ($10 average price on iTunes) and DVDs ($4 average price through Netflix) to an hour of computer use ($12 average price at FedEx or Kinko’s) and children’s program ($7 average admission fee to a children’s program).

Last year, the Library’s budget was a little over $2 million, with $1.9 million coming from local property taxes. According to the Library Value Calculator, Scenic Regional provided the public with an incredible $13,267,334 worth of library services. You can find all the details at the link below. Most government entities can’t provide a spreadsheet showing people that they’re giving them a 700% return on their tax money in the form of services.




Books-by-Mail for the Homebound: Books, audiobooks on CD, music on CD, and DVDs delivered to patrons who cannot get to a library branch because of health, mobility, advanced age, permanent or temporary incapacity.


Hoopla - Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks, and now, DC Comics, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by Scenic Regional Library.



2015 Library of the Year

Scenic Regional Library has been awarded the Missouri Library Association's 2015 Library of the Year Award due to the library's successful tax levy increase last April, consolidation into a single district, dramatic expansion of services throughout this year, and impending merger with the Sullivan Public Library.

freegal music

Freegal® is a free music service where all you need is your library card. Freegal offers access to about 9 million songs and over 15,000 music videos. There is no software to download and no digital rights management restrictions. 


East Central College (ECC) offers English Language Acquisition (ELA) classes, formerly known as English as a Second Language, at the Missouri Career Center in Washington.  Scenic Regional Library has partnered with East Central College by providing the instructional and testing materials for the program. 



Zinio for Libraries, the world's largest digital library newsstand, offers full-color, interactive digital magazines. Browse from your library's collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.

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