May 16, 2022

Statistics: A Few Highlights From 2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Now Available From ACRL

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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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.