There are many factors contributing to the national and local declines in library holdings.  They include excessive cost inflation, local enrollment declines, mistaken beliefs that “everything is on the web,” and many more.  But the bottom line is fewer new information resources are available to HSU students and faculty this year compared to previous years. 


For 2006-07, $590,000 will be available to spend on all subscriptions and purchases, about 50% of what was available in 2001-02.  At this point, the Library spends much less than 1% of the total budget of the HSU Campus ($89,805,006 in 2004/05) on library materials.  


Supplementary resources are limited.  Interlibrary Loans work well but take between 7 and 8 days for an article and over 10 days for a book, on average. The nearest sizeable library is 5 hours away by car.  Consult the Library Reference Desk for help with alternatives to our local collection.


Overall Campus and Library Materials Budgets 99/00-04/05


Books: Purchases down 90%


Videos: Purchases down  32%


Print Periodicals: Subscriptions down 38%


Online Periodical Access: Titles down 35%


Serials: Subscriptions down 85%


Recent Cancellation Projects:

·         2005-06 Print Serials

·         2004-05 Databases

·         2004-05 Print Periodicals & Serials

·         2003-04 Periodicals

·         2003-04 Print Serials

·         2003-04 Databases




Mary H. Kay

Collection Development Librarian

                                                                                 Library 117, 826-3414