June 20, 2021

Library Expenditures By ARL Member Libraries Totaled $4.6 Billion During 2010-2011

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ARL Membership Totals (2010-2011)

115 University Libraries (16 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 11 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (2 in Canada, 9 in the US).

Spending 2010-2011

From an ARL Announcement For 2010-2011 Report:

ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, budgets, and the number of users they serve. The total library expenditures of all 126 member libraries in 2010-2011 was slightly more than $4.6 billion; of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and more than $1.3 million by the 11 nonuniversity libraries.

Comparisons

2009-2010

The total library expenditures of all 125 member libraries in 2009–2010 was slightly more than $4.2 billion; of that total, roughly $3.2 billion was spent by the 115 university libraries and slightly more than $990 million by the 10 nonuniversity libraries.

2008-2009

The total library expenditures of all 124 member libraries in 2008–2009 was slightly more than $4 billion; of that total, roughly $3.1 billion was spent by the 114 university libraries and slightly more than $940 million the 10 nonuniversity libraries.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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