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Expenditure
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Library expenditure
  2008–09
(£000s)
2003–04
(£000s)
Source
Public libraries *
1,181,046
1,061,735
CIPFAc
Academic libraries
680,045
499,546
SCONUL
* Revenue expenditure
Table updated Aug 2010
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Detailed library expenditure
  Public libraries Academic libraries
 
2008–09
2003–04
2008–09
2003–04
Materials
129,113,194
135,889,206
243,884,000
179,048,000
Staff
639,701,310
569,173,818
344,203,000
253,354,000
Other *
412,231,382
356,671,933
91,958,000
67,144,000
Source: Public - CIPFAc, Academic - SCONUL
* Other expenditure has been calculated by subtraction from the total.
Table updated Aug 2010
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Breakdown of public library expenditure
doughnut graph showing: 2008-09 Materials 11%, Staff 54%, Other 35% compared to 2003-04 Materials 13%, Staff 54%, Other 33%
Source: CIPFAc
Graph updated Aug 2010
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Breakdown of academic library expenditure
Doughnut graph showing both 2008-2009 figures and 2003-4 figures are: Materials 36%, Staff 51% and Other 13%
Source: SCONUL/LISU
Graph updated Aug 2010
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Academic library expenditure on books and serials
 
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Source: SCONUL/LISU
¹ Adjusted for inflation measured by the LISU Academic Book Price Index
² Adjusted for inflation measured by the increases in periodical prices

Graph updated Apr 11
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Average prices of British academic books
Category 2008–09 (£)
academic year
2003–04 (£)
academic year
All Humanities
45.64
38.44
All Social Sciences
56.00
47.83
All Applied Social Sciences
50.21
41.97
All Biological Sciences
55.36

56.08

All listed Pure Sciences
57.19
57.60
Computer Sciences
47.08
41.29
All Technology
67.54
69.20
All Medicine
47.47
44.71
All books
48.57
42.26
Source: LISU, based on data from Blackwell
More detailed figures are available in the LISU publication Average prices of academic books (now published annually)
Table updated Nov 09
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Book Prices
Consumer book sales
       
  Average price paid (£) Change over previous yr Sales volume (m) Change over previous yr
2000
7.43
126.3
2001
7.48
0.7%
126.7
0.4%
2002
7.30
-2.4%
129.1
1.9%
2003
7.39
1.3%
136.3
5.6%
2004
7.36
-0.4%
145.8
6.9%
2005
7.56
2.7%
207.8*
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2006
7.52
-0.5%
220.9
6.3%
2007
7.56
0.5%
232.3
5.1%
2008
7.43
-1.8%
218.8
-5.8%
2009
7.41
Source: The Bookseller
* Sales volume figures up to 2004 are calculated according to BookScan's GRM (General Retail Market), while those from 2005 are calculated according to TCM (Total Consumer Market). Since this adds to GRM book sales from important non-high street channels such as internet retailers, selected supermarkets and chains, the figures are not strictly comparable.
Table updated May 09
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Average book prices
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   Source: The Bookseller
Graph updated Apr 2011
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Periodical prices (Great Britain)
Average prices
2009 % increase 09 over 08 2008 % increase 08 over 07 2007 % increase annual average
Social sciences
£510.66
3.6
£443.18
5.0
£485.86
4.3
Science
£1,245.42
4.3
£1,069.88
6.6
£966.76
5.4
Medicine
£712.45
6.4
£622.35
6.0
£502.75
6.2
Technology
£722.89
4.8
£642.19
7.4
£596.15
6.1
Humanities
£164.21
5.4
£167.00
6.6
£120.57
6.0
General
£285.86
2.3
£288.69
2.4
£325.04
2.4
No of titles ¹
16,350
18,477
16,851
Average all subjects ²
UK
£606.92
4.5
£538.88
6.0
£499.52
5.3
USA
$1,151.28
7.3
$906.22
6.8
$851.43
7.0
EURO Region
€703.36
7.6
€669.34
6.5
€630.29
7.1
Europe (exc UK & € region)
€920.51
3.4
€793.53 ³
4.4
€228.03
3.9
Source: Update and Swets Information Services

¹ Titles are included when the price can be directly compared to the previous year, and percentage increases are based on this.

² Local domestic price only.

³ 2008 average price and increase based on 4,441 titles, compared to 2,077 in 2007 and 2,051 in 2006.

Table updated Aug 09
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