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The University Libraries’ mission is to provide exceptional research services and resources to facilitate faculty and student success. We strive to uphold this mission in all we do. Our budget remains a challenge however, and limits our ability to provide exceptional resources. The Libraries’ materials budget has been flat or reduced every year since 2009. During that time, journal prices have increased an average of 5% to 6% per year, and book prices have increased an average of 1% to 2% per year. Because our budget has not kept pace with inflation, we have been forced to cancel over 800 journal subscriptions, cancel database licenses, and reduce the funds allocated to books significantly. We are not in a position to purchase new materials (especially journal subscriptions) requested by faculty, and our ability to provide resources in support of new research interests or new programs is severely limited. We are very fortunate to have the OhioLINK shared resources at our disposal.

The University Libraries’ materials budget is outlined in this presentation given to the Council of Deans in February of 2018