Survey of Academic Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection, 2018 Edition

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This report, based on data from 49 colleges and universities in the USA and Canada, looks closely at academic library plans for print versions of journals, books, newspapers and magazines, directories and maps, drawings, photographs and other materials.

The study finds that libraries are shrinking their book collections and that spending on print book collections is declining. Nonetheless, close to 40% of survey participants felt insecure about the perpetual access policies of major eBook vendors, a factor limiting declines in print book collections.

The 97-page study also reports on trends and gives data on spending on print journal subscriptions without online access, spending on print directories, maps, newspapers and magazines and other items. Libraries also discuss how they make their culling decisions, whom they consult, how they survey their user base and what their plans are for their print collections in the near future.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Libraries sampled spent an average of $266,131 on print books in 2017, a figure that was down from the total in 2016 by approximately 4%.
  • Private colleges are willing to spend nearly 50% more than public colleges to retain print copies of journals with on-line subscriptions.
  • 28.57% of public colleges in the sample have phased out print subscriptions to newspapers and magazines.

Data in the report is broken out for public and private colleges, by level of tuition, enrollment level and institutional type.

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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

PARTICIPANTS LIST   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Number of Volumes in Library Book Collection in 2016   
Number of Volumes in Library Book Collection in 2017   
Number of Volumes in Library Book Collection in 2018   
Total Spending on Print Books in 2016   
Total Spending on Print Books in 2017   
Total Spending on Print Books in 2018   
Confidence in Perpetual Access Policies of Major eBook Vendors   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Directories That Do Not Include Online Access in 2016   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Directories That Do Not Include Online Access in 2017   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Directories That Do Not Include Online Access in 2018   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Scholarly Journals Without Online Access in 2016   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Scholarly Journals Without Online Access in 2017   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Scholarly Journals Without Online Access in 2018   
Extra Amount Paid for Print Copies of Journals to Be Included in Online Subscriptions   
Attitude towards Print Copies of Journals to Which There is Already Online Access   
Annual Spending on Fees to Borrow Journal Articles from Universities or Other Sources   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Magazines/Newspapers Without Online Access in 2016   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Magazines/Newspapers Without Online Access in 2017   
Spending on Print Subscriptions to Magazines/Newspapers Without Online Access in 2018   
Attitude towards Magazine/Newspaper Subscriptions   
Attitude towards Purchases of Visual Materials   
Cooperation with Academic Departments in Culling Decisions   

List of Tables

Table 1.1.1 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2016 year?   
Table 1.1.2 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2016 year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.1.3 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2016 year? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 1.1.4 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2016 year? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 1.1.5 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2016 year? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 1.2.1 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2017 year?   
Table 1.2.2 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2017 year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.2.3 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2017 year? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 1.2.4 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2017 year? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 1.2.5 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2017 year? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 1.3.1 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2018 (anticipated) year?   
Table 1.3.2 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2018 (anticipated) year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.3.3 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2018 (anticipated) year? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 1.3.4 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2018 (anticipated) year? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 1.3.5 What is the total number of volumes in your library's book collection for 2018 (anticipated) year? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 2 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in each of the following years:   
Table 2.1.1 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2016?   
Table 2.1.2 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2016? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.1.3 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2016? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 2.1.4 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2016? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 2.1.5 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2016? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 2.2.1 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2017?   
Table 2.2.2 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2017? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.2.3 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2017? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 2.2.4 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2017? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 2.2.5 What has been the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2017? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 2.3.1 What will be the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2018? (anticipated)   
Table 2.3.2 What will be the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2018? (anticipated) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.3.3 What will be the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2018? (anticipated) Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 2.3.4 What will be the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2018? (anticipated) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 2.3.5 What will be the library's total spending (in US$) on print books in 2018 (anticipated) Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
In which areas has the library been most aggressive in eliminating print titles and why in these areas? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
In your view what will happen to your library's print book collection over the next five years?  Will it become larger or smaller? If so, what areas will be most affected and why? Will spending remain the same? Increase or decrease? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
What role has your interlibrary loan capabilities and relations with consortia and other partners played in your print materials culling practices? Does the library maintain particularly vigorous book or journal sharing arrangements with any other institutions? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 3.1 In general how secure do you feel about the perpetual access policies of major eBook vendors?   
Table 3.2 In general how secure do you feel about the perpetual access policies of major eBook vendors? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 3.3 In general how secure do you feel about the perpetual access policies of major eBook vendors? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 3.4 In general how secure do you feel about the perpetual access policies of major eBook vendors? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 3.5 In general how secure do you feel about the perpetual access policies of major eBook vendors? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 4 In each of the following years, how much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access?   
Table 4.1.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2016?   
Table 4.1.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.1.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 4.1.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.1.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 4.2.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2017?   
Table 4.2.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.2.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 4.2.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.2.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 4.3.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 4.3.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.3.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 4.3.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.3.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to directories that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 5 In each of the following years, how much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access?   
Table 5.1.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2016?   
Table 5.1.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 5.1.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 5.1.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 5.1.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2016? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 5.2.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2017?   
Table 5.2.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 5.2.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 5.2.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 5.2.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2017? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 5.3.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)?   
Table 5.3.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 5.3.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 5.3.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 5.3.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to scholarly journals that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 6.1 About how much extra in percentage terms does the library pay, on average, for print copies of journals to be included in online subscriptions? This answer should be a percentage of 100%. For example, if on average your subscriptions to online journals would cost $1 million without print access but $1.2 million with print access then the answer would be 20%.   
Table 6.2 About how much extra in percentage terms does the library pay, on average, for print copies of journals to be included in online subscriptions? This answer should be a percentage of 100%. For example, if on average your subscriptions to online journals would cost $1 million without print access but $1.2 million with print access then the answer would be 20%. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 6.3 About how much extra in percentage terms does the library pay, on average, for print copies of journals to be included in online subscriptions? This answer should be a percentage of 100%. For example, if on average your subscriptions to online journals would cost $1 million without print access but $1.2 million with print access then the answer would be 20%. Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 6.4 About how much extra in percentage terms does the library pay, on average, for print copies of journals to be included in online subscriptions? This answer should be a percentage of 100%. For example, if on average your subscriptions to online journals would cost $1 million without print access but $1.2 million with print access then the answer would be 20%. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 6.5 About how much extra in percentage terms does the library pay, on average, for print copies of journals to be included in online subscriptions? This answer should be a percentage of 100%. For example, if on average your subscriptions to online journals would cost $1 million without print access but $1.2 million with print access then the answer would be 20%. Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 7.1 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards obtaining print copies of journals to which you also have online access?   
Table 7.2 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards obtaining print copies of journals to which you also have online access? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.3 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards obtaining print copies of journals to which you also have online access? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 7.4 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards obtaining print copies of journals to which you also have online access? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 7.5 Which phrase best describes your attitude towards obtaining print copies of journals to which you also have online access? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Comment on the likely future of print journal use at your institution. Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 8.1 How much has your library spent (In US$) annually on fees to "rent" journal articles -- in print or online formats -- or to borrow or otherwise obtain them for short term periods from other universities or from digital repositories or other sources.  Comment on the extent to which increases in borrowing, renting or inter-library loan has impacted your overall collection strategy over the past two years, and how it may impact you over the next two years?   
Table 8.2 How much has your library spent (In US$) annually on fees to "rent" journal articles -- in print or online formats -- or to borrow or otherwise obtain them for short term periods from other universities or from digital repositories or other sources.  Comment on the extent to which increases in borrowing, renting or inter-library loan has impacted your overall collection strategy over the past two years, and how it may impact you over the next two years? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 8.3 How much has your library spent (In US$) annually on fees to "rent" journal articles -- in print or online formats -- or to borrow or otherwise obtain them for short term periods from other universities or from digital repositories or other sources.  Comment on the extent to which increases in borrowing, renting or inter-library loan has impacted your overall collection strategy over the past two years, and how it may impact you over the next two years? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 8.4 How much has your library spent (In US$) annually on fees to "rent" journal articles -- in print or online formats -- or to borrow or otherwise obtain them for short term periods from other universities or from digital repositories or other sources.  Comment on the extent to which increases in borrowing, renting or inter-library loan has impacted your overall collection strategy over the past two years, and how it may impact you over the next two years? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 8.5 How much has your library spent (In US$) annually on fees to "rent" journal articles -- in print or online formats -- or to borrow or otherwise obtain them for short term periods from other universities or from digital repositories or other sources.  Comment on the extent to which increases in borrowing, renting or inter-library loan has impacted your overall collection strategy over the past two years, and how it may impact you over the next two years? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 9 In each of the following years, how much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access? (exclude scholarly journals)   
Table 9.1.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2016? (exclude scholarly journals)   
Table 9.1.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2016? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.1.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2016? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 9.1.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2016? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.1.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2016? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 9.2.1 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2017? (exclude scholarly journals)   
Table 9.2.2 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2017? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.2.3 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2017? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 9.2.4 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2017? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.2.5 How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2017? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 9.3.1  How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? (exclude scholarly journals)   
Table 9.3.2  How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.3.3  How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 9.3.4  How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.3.5  How much has the library spent (in US$) on print subscriptions to magazines and newspapers that do not include online access in 2018 (anticipated)? (exclude scholarly journals) Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 10.1 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards subscriptions to magazines and newspapers.   
Table 10.2 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards subscriptions to magazines and newspapers. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 10.3 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards subscriptions to magazines and newspapers. Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 10.4 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards subscriptions to magazines and newspapers. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 10.5 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards subscriptions to magazines and newspapers. Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Has the amount of space used for offsite storage of print materials increased or decreased in recent years and if so by how much? Also what has been the trend in storage costs? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 11.1 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards purchases of prints of images, maps, drawings. photographs and other visual materials?   
Table 11.2 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards purchases of prints of images, maps, drawings. photographs and other visual materials? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 11.3 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards purchases of prints of images, maps, drawings. photographs and other visual materials? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 11.4 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards purchases of prints of images, maps, drawings. photographs and other visual materials? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 11.5 Which phrase best represents your library's attitude towards purchases of prints of images, maps, drawings. photographs and other visual materials? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
Table 12.1 How closely does the library cooperate with academic departments when making print/journal book and journal culling decisions?   
Table 12.2 How closely does the library cooperate with academic departments when making print/journal book and journal culling decisions? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 12.3 How closely does the library cooperate with academic departments when making print/journal book and journal culling decisions? Broken out by Annual tuition, $   
Table 12.4 How closely does the library cooperate with academic departments when making print/journal book and journal culling decisions? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 12.5 How closely does the library cooperate with academic departments when making print/journal book and journal culling decisions? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class   
What is the greatest mistake that the library has made in its print book/journal/other periodical collection development decision making in recent years? Broken out by college type or Carnegie class

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