U.K.: Libraries' book budgets fall again

Posted: October 30, 2008 in Uncategorized

From Guardian.co.uk:

” More bad news for library users in a month where culture secretary Andy Burnham has ticked them off for not “looking beyond the bookcase”. The amount UK libraries are spending on books is down for the third year in a row, according to a report to be released later this week, with further reductions predicted next year.

Book spend fell to £76.8m in the year to end-March 2008, down 1% on the previous year and equivalent to just 8.7% of UK libraries’ overall expenditure, which was flat this year compared to a fall the previous year. By contrast, spending on audio-visual materials – largely DVDs – was up 4.2% over the period. ”

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