Library Operating Expenditures: A Selected Annotated Bibliography
ALA Library Fact Sheet 4
This fact sheet describes sources of information on library revenues and operating expenditures in public, academic, and school libraries.
In regards to special libraries and government libraries: The Library and Book Trade Almanac™ 2013 (formerly The Bowker Annual) includes total acquisitions expenditures for various “categories of expenditure,” including books and other print materials, periodicals and serials, AV (audiovisual) equipment and materials, microforms, and electronic reference, for public, academic, special, and government libraries, reported individually for all 50 states (along with regions administered by the USA, including the District of Columbia). The information comes from the American Library Directory (ALD) 2012-2013 and includes only those libraries that reported annual acquisition expenditures (1,864 public libraries, 784 academic libraries, 129 special libraries, and 42 government libraries). It is currently published by Information Today, Inc.
All of the sources mentioned in this fact sheet are revised periodically, most often annually. This fact sheet describes the most recent version available at this writing. The reader is advised to look for revisions of each source as they may appear.
While public libraries are used more than ever, funding is static or even reduced.