Long Term Need: Libraries
Libraries, $3 million
Since 1992, the CSU has been investigating numerous ways to eliminate its core library deficiencies and
develop new technologies to keep volumes current and adequate to meet the academic and intellectual
research needs of CSU students and faculty.
In fiscal year 2000/01, the CSU identified a permanent base budget need of $12 million to keep its permanent
collection of books, serials, and periodicals current. This increase, added to existing budget support of
$27 million, would have allowed annual ongoing funding to support restoration of permanent volumes needed
in campus on-site collections and established new electronic and alternative collections through the use of
new technologies to expand campuses’ access to library services. Declining purchasing power of dollars
allocated for libraries is an important factor that contributes to continued growth in library deficiencies.
Based on Department of Finance price letters, the purchasing power of CSU dollars budgeted for libraries has
declined, on average, 6 percent annually.
The CSU Council of Library Directors estimated in 2005 that $13.5 million was needed to update the base
budget for libraries, to provide resources to keep volumes refreshed, and to secure new acquisitions on
an annual cycle. The revised estimate of the amount needed is currently $14.6 million. In 2006/07, the CSU
provided $2.5 million in permanent funds and $2.15 million in 2007/08 to continue to address this expanded
need. Since 2000/01, CSU has been able to provide $8.6 million to increase the permanent base support for
libraries. For 2008/09, another $ 3.0 million in permanent support will be provided to expand systemwide
programs for the Electronic Core Collection of bibliographic and full-text resources that are available to all
CSU students and faculty. Additionally, these funds will support continued enhancement of online information
searching and access tools as well as other systemwide projects designed to increase effective use of