March Update on Library Finances
Last month, we described how the Law Library receives the vast majority of its funding from filing fees and that this had declined by over 30% from 2009 to 2014. During the current fiscal year, the revenue from filing fees has declined even further. Through January 2015, the Law Library has received $1,528,334. This projects to filing fee receipts of $2,653,000 for the year, a decline of 4% from last year’s $2,777,117. This would be a 36% decline from fiscal year 2008-2009.
These declines in revenue have caused reduced hours at library branches, fewer staff available to assist patrons, and the cancellation of numerous print titles.