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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 11. Operating expenditures for equipment and other selected expenditures at academic libraries, by control, level, size, and Carnegie Classification of institution: Fiscal year 2008

Institutional characteristic Total number of libraries Operating expenditures
Computer hardware and software Bibliographic utilities, networks, consortia Other operating expenditures
All U.S. academic libraries  3,827 $158,698,289 $113,427,308 $508,252,993
         
Control         
Public  1,576 100,238,695 64,961,468 282,045,299
Private  2,251 58,459,594 48,465,840 226,207,694
         
Level1         
Total 4-year and above  2,393 145,700,680 102,599,799 479,279,128
Doctor's  721 116,716,438 69,272,729 403,109,443
Master's  911 20,556,845 23,950,333 53,549,645
Bachelor's  730 7,754,354 8,882,074 20,883,824
Less than 4-year  1,434 12,997,609 10,827,509 28,973,865
         
Size (FTE enrollment)2         
  Less than 1,000  1,455 7,498,617 7,633,480 17,349,253
  1,000 to 2,999  1,136 19,733,441 20,911,102 50,150,562
  3,000 to 4,999  475 10,785,184 13,140,667 34,979,770
5,000 to 9,999  405 21,876,581 17,793,978 63,483,353
10,000 to 19,999  238 32,779,259 23,321,664 139,049,792
20,000 or more  118 66,025,207 30,626,417 203,240,263
         
Carnegie classification1         
Doctoral/Research  275 95,522,406 52,717,863 349,169,660
Master's I and II  603 27,495,288 26,535,158 67,094,777
Baccalaureate  557 10,786,492 14,441,053 33,735,638
Baccalaureate/Associates  96 673,465 833,177 1,460,229
Associates  1,474 13,515,036 11,672,662 31,213,829
Specialized  645 10,115,556 6,974,203 24,359,759
Not classified  177 590,046 253,192 1,219,101
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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