Spending on Libraries by Irish Third Level Institutions

So how much, as a proportion of total expenditure does an Irish higher education institution spend on its library service? Thanks to Peter Mathews TD we now know. On average its about 3.6m per annum, or about 4.5% of total spend. This is very small I think. Libraries are the heart of universities, not innovation hubs, or business accellerators, or MIS projects, or new forms of administrative complexity.

Mind you some US evidence is available which might give us a small boost. This suggests that there spending has fallen to below 2% of total.

Library spend might be expected to fall with greater efficiencies and less reliance on printed books etc. They might also fall as a percentage if they lose out in the internal fight for resources. So a lot more analysis is needed as to whether this is a good or a bad thing.

The data are below ; interpretation and analysis I leave to others.

Spend by Institution on Library Services as % total institution spend

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Athlone IoT  3.4  3.3  3.0  3.5  3.5
Cork IoT  1.6  1.6  1.9  1.8  2.3
DCU  3.2  3.0  3.0  3.1  2.9
Dublin IoT  5.3  5.1  5.3  4.9  5.2
Dun Laoghaire IADT  2.9  2.8  2.4  2.1  2.1
Dundalk IoT  2.4  3.0  3.0  3.0  3.7
Galway-Mayo IoT  4.4  4.0  4.2  4.1  3.7
IoT Blanchardstown  12.9  12.4  11.5  5.7  5.6
IoT Carlow  2.6  3.3  2.9  3.8  3.8
IoT Sligo  4.7  4.2  4.6  4.3  4.2
IoT Tallaght  6.5  6.4  6.5  6.3  6.6
IoT Tralee  5.6  4.9  5.0  5.3  5.5
Letterkenny IoT  2.4  2.3  2.4  2.4  2.6
Limerick IoT  4.8  4.8  5.1  5.0  5.3
NUIG  4.4  4.0  3.7  3.7  3.6
NUIM  5.3  4.5  4.3  4.1  4.1
TCD  5.5  5.2  5.1  5.2  5.0
UCC  3.6  3.4  3.2  3.3  3.5
UCD  4.0  4.1  3.5  3.8  3.2
UL  4.4  4.4  4.1  3.7  3.6
Waterford IoT  4.0  4.1  3.7  4.0  3.7

Spend by Institution on Library Services €000

  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Athlone IoT  €1,412  €1,470  €1,398  €1,520  €1,533
Cork IoT  €1,338  €1,450  €1,784  €1,686  €2,126
DCU  €2,659  €2,821  €2,825  €2,907  €2,597
Dublin IoT  €9,982  €10,245  €10,916  €9,274  €9,429
Dun Laoghaire IADT  €538  €545  €489  €424  €430
Dundalk IoT  €1,268  €1,366  €1,446  €1,415  €1,726
Galway-Mayo IoT  €2,722  €2,594  €2,707  €2,547  €2,222
IoT Blanchardstown  €2,338  €2,552  €2,527  €1,185  €1,135
IoT Carlow  €818  €1,079  €1,022  €1,282  €1,274
IoT Sligo  €1,741  €1,699  €1,912  €1,707  €1,723
IoT Tallaght  €2,136  €2,338  €2,486  €2,231  €2,260
IoT Tralee  €1,832  €1,706  €1,838  €1,818  €1,841
Letterkenny IoT  €697  €750  €796  €758  €808
Limerick IoT  €1,921  €2,216  €2,504  €2,305  €2,383
NUIG  €6,431  €6,637  €6,656  €6,482  €6,054
NUIM  €3,374  €3,105  €3,113  €3,005  €3,075
TCD  €11,028  €10,926  €10,917  €10,216  €9,659
UCC  €6,846  €6,875  €7,339  €7,156  €7,008
UCD  €10,618  €11,147  €10,346  €10,522  €8,410
UL  €4,506  €4,774  €4,879  €4,358  €4,145
Waterford IoT  €3,194  €3,572  €3,399  €3,332  €3,197

Spending per FullTime Student per annum

2011 Spend €000 2011 FT Students Per FT Student €
Cork Institute of Technology 2,126 7,387  287.80
Dundalk Institute of Technology 1,726 4,225  408.52
Institute of Technology Sligo 1,723 3,783  455.46
Limerick Institute of Technology 2,383 4,724  504.45
Waterford Institute of Technology 3,197 6,833  467.88
Dublin Institute of Technology 9,429 12,329  764.78
Institute of Technology Carlow 1,274 3,525  361.42
Athlone Institute of Technology 1,533 3,611  424.54
Institute of Technology Tralee 1,841 2,459  748.68
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology 2,222 5,468  406.36
Dun Laoghaire IADT 430 2,104  204.37
Institute of Technology Tallaght 2,260 2,919  774.24
Institute of Technology Blanchardstown 1,135 2,184  519.69
Letterkenny Institute of Technology 808 2,493  324.11
UL 4,145 10,267  403.72
UCD 8,410 19,536  430.49
UCC 7,008 16,006  437.84
TCD 9,659 14,482  666.97
NUIM 3,075 7,412  414.87
NUIG 6,054 13,873  436.39
DCU 2,597 8,352  310.94
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4 thoughts on “Spending on Libraries by Irish Third Level Institutions

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  2. Alex O'Connor

    I think a sizeable element of library services spending is access to journals, subscriptions, etc. It would be interesting to see what portion of that spend is in the figures.

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  3. Philip Cohen

    It’s always good to see support for libraries. Thank you. But I need to correct your figures above for Dublin Institute of Technology.

    Library Spend as Percentage of Total Institution Spend: 2007 = 2.6%, 2008 = 2.6%, 2009 = 2.7%, 2010 = 2.6%, 2011 = 2.8%

    Spend on Library Services (€000): 2007 = €4,854, 2008 = €5,323, 2009 = €5,592, 2010 = €4,938, 2011 = €5,033

    Spending per FTE Student 2011: €5,033,000 for 12,329 FTE = €408.22 per FTE

    The errors arose from a mis-reading of the DIT Financial Statements at

    Thanks once again

    Philip Cohen, Head of Library Services, Dublin Institute of Technology

    Reply

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