Library Budget Reports - 2017 Library Spending Plans
Libraries Hold The Line On Budgets, Expand Staff And Digital Resources —The Library Resource Guide Benchmark Study on 2017 Library Spending Plans

This new Benchmark Study of 530 library managers and librarians reveals current spending patterns for public, academic, government, and special libraries and provides projections for budgets and spending trends for 2017.

Key findings from the Benchmark Study include the following:

  • Library finances are stable, and hiring is up. Library budgets have been relatively unchanged over the past year.
  • Demand for digital access through libraries is lessening, but demand exists for a broad spectrum of services.
  • Libraries are turning to outside help as digital services become a top priority. Customer service continues to be of great importance to today’s libraries, but there is also as much commitment to expanding digital footprints.