New ACRL Publication: 2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

ACRL announces the publication of 2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.

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%.

In addition,  library expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 55.4% of the total expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 74.1% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 51.4% for baccalaureate, 52.3% for comprehensive schools, and 43.8% for doctoral/research institutions.

Of the libraries surveyed, 15.5% expect library space usage to increase significantly with 27.4% of doctoral/research institutions forecasting a significant increase.  Of 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%).

The 2013 survey includes data from 1,393 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment
  • Use of space

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2013 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2013 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.