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ARL Academic Law Library Statistics 2008–2009
• Out of 114 ARL university libraries, 72 responded to this survey.1
• Law libraries reported median values of 355,922 volumes held and 7,274 gross volumes added.
Also, these libraries employed the full-time equivalent of 2,057 staff members in the fiscal year
• Responding libraries reported total expenditures of $213,618,759.2 As seen in the graph below,
materials expenditures made up the largest portion of the total, with almost 47% of aggregated
expenses falling under a materials-related category.
• Law libraries reported a total of $21,860,327 in electronic materials expenditures, or a median
of almost 24% of their total materials budgets. This includes a total of $18,940,834 in electronic
ARL Academic Law Libraries 2008–2009
1 Eighty ARL university libraries included data for a law library in the 2008–2009 ARL Statistics. Among them, Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary,
Laval, Manitoba, Pittsburgh, SUNY-Buffalo, Toronto, and Wayne State did not complete this survey. Pittsburgh and SUNY-Buffalo completed this
survey last year, but chose not to complete this survey in 2008-2009. Colorado completed this survey but did not include law library data in the ARL
Statistics. Rutgers has two administratively independent law libraries, which respond separately to this survey; they are aggregated together in the
2 This figure includes Canadian universities, whose expenditures were converted to US dollars at the rate of 1.1667Can$ = 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 0.65%
Other Operating 6.36%
Salaries & Wages 46.20%
Library Materials 46.78%