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Facts and Figures

collections

The library collections have grown steadily over time, but recent years have witnessed dramatic changes in the types and costs of resources being collected. The greatest changes in how the collection budget has been spent have been the rise in periodical subscription costs and the rapid growth in numbers of electronic resources.

Boston College Libraries Holdings and Expenditures (including Law Library)

Fiscal Year Total Volumes Total Serials Expenditures for all materials
2001 1,904,938 21,397* $6,704,874
2005 2,124,242 52,338* $7,802,550
2010 2,594,750 37,580* $10,111,877

*Paper and electronic serials.


Boston College Libraries Holdings in Electronic Resources (including Law Library)

Fiscal Year Total Electronic Serial Subscriptions Total E-books
2007 30,833 300,053
2010 25,276 307,763

More BC holdings and expenditures data is available in the annual Boston College Fact Books.


U.S. Academic Books: Average Prices 2008-2010*

Year Average Price % Increase
2008 $71.92 5.2
2009 $74.83 4.0
2010 $76.58 2.3

*YBP Annual Book Price Update.


U.S. Periodicals: Average Prices: 2008-2010*

Year Average Price % Increase
2008 $828 8.5
2009 $961 16.1
2010 $992 3.2

*Library Journal Periodicals Price Survey 2008-2010

The library collections have grown steadily over time, but recent years have witnessed dramatic changes in the types and costs of resources being collected. The greatest changes in how the collection budget has been spent have been the rise in periodical subscription costs and the rapid growth in numbers of electronic resources.