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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 $18,940,834 in electronic
serials expenditures.
ARL Academic Law Libraries 2008–2009
1 Eighty ARL university libraries included data for a law library in the 2008–2009 ARL Statistics. Among them, Alberta, British Columbia, Calgary,
Laval, Manitoba, Pittsburgh, SUNY-Buffalo, Toronto, and Wayne State did not complete this survey. Pittsburgh and SUNY-Buffalo completed this
survey last year, but chose not to complete this survey in 2008-2009. Colorado completed this survey but did not include law library data in the ARL
Statistics. Rutgers has two administratively independent law libraries, which respond separately to this survey; they are aggregated together in the
ARL Statistics.
2 This figure includes Canadian universities, whose expenditures were converted to US dollars at the rate of 1.1667Can$ = 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 0.65%
Other Operating 6.36%
Salaries & Wages 46.20%
Library Materials 46.78%
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