From the National Center for Education Statistics, an Academic Library is defined as the library associated with a degree-granting institution of higher education. Academic libraries are identified by the post-secondary institution of which they are a part and provide all of the following:
- An organized collection of printed or other materials or a combination thereof;
- A staff trained to provide and interpret such materials as required to meet the informational, cultural, recreational, or educational needs of clientele;
- An established schedule in which services of the staff are available to clientele; and
- The physical facilities necessary to support such a collection, staff, and schedule.
Statistics and Reports about Academic Libraries
- The Value of Academic Libraries blog (by the Association of College and Research Libraries) | The Value of Academic Libraries Report (2010),
- Academic Library Trends, 1998-2008 American Library Association ( published July 2011)
- Published Reports and Academic Library Comparison Tool National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
- ARL Statistics Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
- Academic Library Statistics Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
- Academic Libraries in the United States: Statistical Trends
- The Condition of U.S. Libraries: Academic Library Trends, 1999 - 2009
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