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.