ERIC Number: ED100303
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-May
Reference Count: N/A
Alternatives for Financing the Public Library.
Government Studies & Systems, Philadelphia, PA.
In a study to determine patterns of public library funding and to find alternative options for improving library support, the present level of funding has been found woefully inadequate. Total expenditures for public library service in 1971-72 were $184 million. In order to fulfill the public library's role as an information source for people at the local level, expenditures of $1.7 to $2.1 billion would be necessary in 1974. In an examination of alternatives for funding an adequate level of service for the entire nation, the conclusion was reached that a balanced intergovernmental funding system--federal, state, and local--would be most effective. This could be achieved over a ten-year period with increased state and federal support, decreased local support, a revised Library Services and Construction Act, coordinated federal and state planning for a national library services program, and additional federal funds for capital improvements necessary to upgrade services in less well-served areas. (LS)
Descriptors: Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Futures (of Society), Library Expenditures, Library Planning, Library Services, Library Surveys, Public Libraries, Public Support, Resource Allocation, State Aid, State Federal Aid
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402 (Stock No. 5203, $1.05)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Government Studies & Systems, Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act