Canadian research libraries spent more than $733 million in 2014-2015, an increase of 2.6% from 2012-2013. In 2014-2015, 51% of total expenditures were devoted to staff salaries and benefits. Total salary expenditures on professional staff increased by 7.7% between 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 while salaries paid to support and casual staff decreased by 7.4% over the same period. Total expenditures on library staff benefits increased 2.1% between 2013-2013 and 2014-2015.
This table shows the universities that had the largest and smallest increase in library expenditures between 1996-1997 and 2012-2013.
In 2012-2013, research libraries in Canada spent more than $308 million on library acquisitions. Between 2005 and 2014 spending on library acquisitions increased by only 5.3%.
This table ranks North American research libraries on the basis of their total library expenditures. Between 2002-2003 and 2014-2015 Canadian research libraries improved their ranking significantly based on the expenditure-based ranking system of the American Research Libraries.