ACRL releases 2007 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski

ACRL Associate Director

(312) 280-2523


For Immediate Release

March 3, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of 2007
Academic Library Trends and Statistics
, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications.

The publication includes survey data from 1,311 academic libraries covering five major categories:

  • Collections (including volumes, serials, multimedia)
  • Expenditures (library materials, wages and salaries, other operating)
  • Electronic Resources (including expenditures, collections, services, usage)
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services)
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2007 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available as a three-volume set, including Associate of Arts institutions, Master's Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges and Research/Doctoral granting institutions. The titles are also available for purchase as individual volumes.

The online edition of 2007 Academic Library Trends and Statistics provides access to the data for each institution and is designed to facilitate searching, selection of peer institutions, designation of criteria for comparison, display and/or downloading to Excel. The database can now be searched by state as well as across multiple fields. Subscribers can also create and download multiple collections (up to 100 institutions per collection).

The print edition is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store (, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers and will be available at the 2009 ACRL National Conference in Seattle. Access to the online addition is available by invoice and credit cards at


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.