Participants include Harvard University, McGill University, the University of Manitoba, the University of Auckland, the University of Pittsburg, Carnegie-Mellon, Sanofi-Aventis and many others.
Some of the study's many findings are that:
- 19.23 percent of libraries in the sample--23.81 percent of those in the United States but none of those in other countries--have received contributions from other departments of their college or organization to pay for information sources desired by these departments
- 34.62 percent of libraries in the sample, including 42.11 percent of higher education libraries and a third of medical and veterinary school libraries, have an endowment, grant, or other special allocation that falls outside the normal library budget but that supplements library purchases in biology and/or the life sciences
- Libraries in the sample have experienced a 2.5 percent increase in the price of print books in biology over the past year and an 8.75 percent increase in the price of e-books
- Libraries in the sample have increased spending on biology e-books from $6,016 in 2011 to $7,520 in 2012