May 18, 2022

37.5% of U.S. and Canadian Law Libraries Decreased their Budgets in 2013 (Report Highlights)

2014 edition Law Library Benchmarks from Primary Research Group is now available. It’s a fee-based report.

Info/Link to purchase complete is available here.

From PRG

The report presents data from 60 law libraries from the United States and Canada including law firm libraries, university law libraries, courthouse libraries, private company libraries and others, with data presented separately for each library type. The data is also broken out by library and parent institution size. The law firms in the sample employed a mean of 188 lawyers. A list of survey participants is available on our website.

Highlights From the Report

  • For 37.5% of survey participants, the overall library budget decreased in 2013.
  • The courthouse libraries in the sample had the largest budget decreases, a mean of 7.25%.
  • Libraries in the sample spent a mean of $320,931 on online databases in 2013; spending is expected to increase slightly in 2014 to $330,688, or by about 3.3%.
  • The materials/content budget is nearly evenly split between print resources and electronic resources; the former accounted for a mean of 50.52% of the budget, the latter 49.48%.

Direct to Seven Page Except From the Report (PDF)

Direct to List of Survey Participants and Table of Contents

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.