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ARL Academic Health Sciences Library Statistics 2008–2009
• Out of 114 ARL university libraries, 62 responded to this survey.1
• Health Sciences libraries reported median values of 230,011 volumes held and 2,249 gross
volumes added. Also, these libraries employed the full-time equivalent of 2,131 staff members
in the fiscal year 2008–2009.
• Responding libraries reported total expenditures of $235,821,026.2 As seen in the graph below,
materials expenditures made up the largest portion of the total, with approximately 50% of
aggregated expenses falling under a materials-related category.
• Health sciences libraries reported a total of $83,986,222 in electronic materials expenditures, or
a median of almost 79% of their total materials budgets. This includes a total of $78,539,253 in
electronic serials expenditures.
ARL Academic Health Sciences Libraries 2008–2009
1 Seventy-four ARL university libraries included data for a health sciences library in the 2008–2009 ARL Statistics. Among them, Alberta, British
Columbia, Brown, Calgary, Johns Hopkins, Laval, Louisville, Manitoba, Missouri, Ohio, Pittsburgh, SUNY-Buffalo, Toronto, and Wayne State did not
complete this survey. Pittsburgh and SUNY-Buffalo completed this survey last year, but chose not to complete this survey in 2008–2009. Cornell and
Indiana completed this survey but did not include health sciences library data in the ARL Statistics.
2 This figure includes Canadian universities, whose expenditures were converted to US dollars at the rate of 1.1667Can $ = 1 US$, the average
monthly noon exchange rate published in the Bank of Canada Review for the period July 2008 to June 2009.
Contract Binding 0.28%
Other Operating 8.52%
Salaries & Wages 40.77%
Library Materials 50.44%