The 2013 edition of ACRL’s Academic Library Trends and Statistics (3 volumes) is now available from the ALA Store for $640.
A new ACRL Insider Blog post providers reaqei access a few findings from the complete report.
The 2013 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $6,305,337 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $774,701 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $462,929 for baccalaureate schools and $144,062 for associate-degree granting institutions.
The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 68.7% of the total materials budget.
On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 74.3% of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2013; comprehensive schools spent an average of 75.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 70.6% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 54.8%.
Of the libraries surveyed, 15.5% expect library space usage to increase significantly with 27.4% of doctoral/research institutions forecasting a significant increase.
bOf the libraries surveyed, 37% expect library space usage to increase somewhat. In the past three years, 62.6% of the libraries surveyed reported repurposing space. Space was most often repurposed for group study, student success areas (writing/tutoring centers), quiet study space, technology learning spaces, and more seating. Doctoral/research institutions undertook the most renovations (79.5%) followed by baccalaureate schools (60.8%), comprehensive schools (65.1%) and associate-degree granting institutions (47.3%).
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