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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 8. Number of academic libraries, by total academic library expenditures, control, level, size, and Carnegie classification of institution: Fiscal year 2008

Institutional characteristic Total number of libraries Total expenditures   Total academic library expenditures
Less than $2,0000 $20,000 to $49,999 $50,000 to $99,999 $100,000 to $199,999 $20,0000 to $299,999 $300,000 to $499,999 $500,000 to $999,999 $1,000,000 to $1,999,999 $2,000,000 or more
All U.S. academic libraries  3,827 $6,785,542,230   47 294 384 496 351 526 654 444 631
                         
Control                         
Public  1,576 4,031,306,389   1 4 34 146 175 249 339 230 398
Private  2,251 2,754,235,841   46 290 350 350 176 277 315 214 233
                         
Level1                         
Total 4-year and above  2,393 6,145,053,984   21 116 184 286 173 302 385 329 597
Doctor's  721 4,750,800,315   3 5 17 53 24 55 65 102 397
Master's  911 991,237,874   8 19 40 91 69 143 219 170 152
Bachelor's  730 354,907,564   10 92 125 141 76 102 97 47 40
Less than 4-year  1,434 640,488,246   26 178 200 210 178 224 269 115 34
                         
Size (FTE enrollment)2                         
Less than 1,000  1,455 328,512,540   47 278 333 360 155 166 68 32 16
1,000 to 2,999  1,136 855,629,075   0 15 48 122 170 259 305 133 84
3,000 to 4,999  475 558,486,301   0 1 2 9 24 87 163 121 68
5,000 to 9,999  405 1,016,623,343   0 0 0 4 2 13 103 109 174
10,000 to 19,999  238 1,642,416,446   0 0 0 1 0 1 14 49 173
20,000 or more  118 2,383,874,525   0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 116
                         
Carnegie classification1                         
Doctoral/Research  275 3,910,036,444   0 0 1 1 1 5 7 15 245
Master's I and II  603 1,203,207,160   0 1 6 8 13 53 129 171 222
Baccalaureate  557 544,321,495   3 9 9 40 62 123 155 91 65
Baccalaureate/Associates  96 37,367,284   0 7 16 26 15 13 12 3 4
Associates  1,474 678,457,360   25 152 203 230 185 241 279 121 38
Specialized  645 384,335,793   13 47 104 166 70 85 66 39 55
Not classified  177 27,816,694   6 78 45 25 5 6 6 4 2
1 While "level" and "Carnegie classification" are similar, there is not complete overlap in the two classifications. "Level" refers to the highest level of any degree offered by the institution. The "Carnegie classification" is based on criteria such as institutional mission and research funding in addition to highest level of degree awarded. The Carnegie classification was developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and published in A Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2005 Edition.
2 Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is calculated by adding one-third of part-time enrollment to full-time enrollment.
NOTE: The number of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's level institutions does not sum to the total number of 4-year and above institutions because there are 4-year and above institutions that grant "other" degrees and are thus not included in the breakdown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey (ALS), 2008.


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