Survey of Law Library Plans for the Print Materials Collection, 2020 Edition
Anticipated spending for 2020 on print resources showed a similar trend, with the overall expected mean dropping to $311, 111, a nominal decline of about 3.3%. Once again law schools show only a modest drop, to a mean of $139,000, with law firms continuing to be aggressive, if less so than in the recent past, with major law firms anticipating a further drop of 11.8% and smaller law firms expecting a drop of about 8.9%. Government and courthouse libraries continue to show very slight increases in spending.
This study, the third in a series, presents data from 47 law firm, university, government, courthouse, private company and other law libraries about their plans for their print materials collection. The sample includes 17 law firm, 5 university, 10 government and 8 courthouse, among other libraries. The study presents highly detailed data about their spending on and plans for primary legal materials, secondary legal materials, books, directories, newspapers and magazines and other print materials.The report presents data on recent, current and expected rates of change in spending on print and on the library’s overall philosophy on the maintenance of print collections. In addition to 60 detailed tables of data on law library current and expected spending on various forms of print resources, the study presents open ended answers to questions about library purchasing plans.
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