Library spending fall `worrying'

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Public library spending on materials, including books, fell by more than any other area of library expenditure in the year 1999 to 2000, according to the latest set of statistics from the Library &amp; Information Statistics Unit (LISU).</p><p>
In its annual report, Public Library Materials Fund and Budget Survey 1999&ndash;2000, LISU described the long-term trend in library expenditure when related to price increases on books and periodicals as "worrying". Spending on materials in 1999&ndash;2000 accounted for 14.3% of total library expenditure, compared to 18% in 1994&ndash;1995 and 1...

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