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March Update on Library Finances

By Kelly on March 23, 2015//Leave a comment

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.

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  1. RJ Gardner

    Friday, March 27th, 2015

    Friends in Law:

    Several years ago I had suggested the Law Libraries state-wide have the State Legislature place all law libraries into the general budget for a consistent funding, not have them rely on the flux of litigation taxes. Many or few lawsuits, people need access to the law all the time. If those “representatives of the people” care at all, this should be a rather easy repair, and, it makes them look good. All the law libraries needs to do is ask; and then, have the fortitude to follow thru with it. Squeaky wheel, you know.

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