January 27, 2022

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Releases 2016-2017 Statistics (Three Volumes)

Note: The resources linked below are fee-based. A few top-level findings are available and included below.

From an ARL Announcement by Shaneka Morris:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the:

2019-01-15_14-15-14These three publications present information describing the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of the Association’s 124 member libraries in fiscal year 2016–2017. Of these 124 members, 114 are university libraries (15 in Canada and 99 in the US); the remaining 10 are public, governmental, and nonprofit research libraries (1 in Canada, 9 in the US). The law and health sciences publications focus on the 72 law libraries and 58 medical libraries among the Association’s membership that completed the law and health sciences surveys.

The ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in the United States and Canada, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets and the number of users they serve. Members use these data to describe their operations and demonstrate how resources are used wisely for the benefit of their communities. The total expenditures (in US dollars) of all 124 member libraries in 2016–2017 were slightly more than $4.6 billion. In the same year, 33,725 full-time equivalent staff in ARL libraries made approximately 9 million contacts with their user communities through group presentations and reference transactions.

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