Library Budget Reports - 2017 Library Spending Plans
Libraries Achieve Equilibrium Between Digital and Print as Budgets Advance (Special Libraries Edition)

The Special Libraries Edition is a subset of the larger Benchmark Study and includes survey results from 120 special, corporate, professional, and government agency library managers and librarians and provides projections and spending trends for 2016.

Key findings from the Special Libraries Edition include the following:

  • Budgets for special libraries have been growing in recent years with a major portion of the funding being earmarked for digital subscriptions and ebooks.
  • Demand for electronic resources is rising though there also has been more demand for print. Special libraries are seeing increased demand for specialized, technical information, which helps define their mission.
  • The focus for special library managers remains centered on building digital service offerings and being more responsive to customer demands.