Library Budget Information

Like other campus units, the Libraries are experiencing budget reductions. All of the UNCG Libraries' 2020/21 and 2021/22 budget cuts were taken from travel, equipment, furniture, supplies, and other operating budget lines, and through the elimination of library positions that were vacant at the time. None of the cuts were applied to the collections budget, which remains at exactly the same level ($4,045,762) as it was five years ago. However, because we do not have new money to add to the collections budget, we unfortunately had to cut about $130,000 worth of journals and databases in 2020/21 in order to cover inflationary increases. We were able to avoid large scale cancellations the next year (2021/22), but had to cancel a few products that had exceptional price increases or large reductions in usage levels. The Libraries are expecting another large budget reduction in 2022/23 and it is likely that the collections budget will be reduced.

Despite our budgetary challenges, our collections remain strong. Through data analytics, evidence based acquisitions, and consortial purchasing we are able to spend our collections budget very efficiently. The number of available books and journals continues to grow rapidly, and the usage of our electronic materials is surging. But unfortunately, until the library receives additional ongoing funding, we will not be able to fund faculty requests for new journal or database subscriptions without making commensurate cancellations.

If you would like to request specific one-time purchases or ongoing subscriptions, please contact your library liaison or Tim Bucknall (, Assistant Dean of Libraries.