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The 2020 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures, and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions.
The 2020 survey includes data from 1,672 academic libraries in five major categories:
- Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
- Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
- Library services
- Equity, diversity, and inclusion
The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean, and median) for all elements. The 2020 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications, and benchmarking.