The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has released the ARL Statistics 2014–2015 and updated its free series of graphs showing trends in the ARL Statistics data over time. These two publications present information describing the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of the Association’s 124 member libraries in fiscal year 2014–2015. Of these, 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).
ARL libraries are a relatively small subset of libraries in North America, but they account for a large portion of academic library resources in terms of assets, expenditures, and the number of users they serve. The total expenditures of all 124 member libraries in 2014–2015 were almost $4.6 billion; of that, approximately $3.4 billion was spent by the 114 university libraries and more than $1.2 billion by the nonuniversity libraries.
ARL Statistical Trends is a series of graphs and data that identify historical and continuing trends in services, collections, staffing, and expenditures in ARL university libraries over the past three decades. Spending for ongoing resources, which includes print and electronic journals, continues to skyrocket, showing a 521% increase since 1986. Over the same period, total expenditures have increased 197% and salary expenditures have increased 152%. All the data and graphs in the Statistical Trends series are available on the ARL website as open access downloads.
The Association has collected and published annual statistics for its member libraries since 1961–1962, expanding upon the work of James Gerould, who collected this information first at the University of Minnesota and later at Princeton University. The data he collected, covering the years 1907–1908 through 1961–1962, are now called the Gerould Statistics. The complete data series from 1908 through the present represents the oldest, most comprehensive, continuing library statistical series in North America.
The ARL Statistics Collection provides online access to the annual publications ARL Statistics, ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics, and ARL Academic Law Library Statistics that have been published since 2006. The cost of IP access to this collection is $500 for nonprofit organizations and $750 for all others (free for ARL members).
Note: Purchase of the digital publication does not include access to the data set from the survey. Please see below for information about purchasing access to the ARL Statistics Analytics data set.
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ARL Statistics Analytics provides access to the ARL Statistics data sets from 1908 through 2014–2015 for nonmember libraries, vendors, commercial parties, and others who are interested in accessing the final, verified ARL Statistics data through an interactive interface. (ARL member institutions enjoy free access to the analytics as a benefit of membership.) ARL Statistics Analytics subscribers can download the annual data in spreadsheet format, create graphs, generate summary statistics for all ARL libraries, and much more.
The ARL Statistics Analytics are separate from the digital ARL Statistics publications and subscriptions to the analytics do not include access to the publications. Also note that the ARL Academic Law Library Statistics and ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics data sets are not included in the ARL Statistics Analytics.
About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.