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5 year prediction on print text necessity at academic libraries in the U.S. 2010-2016

This statistic shows the responses of academic library deans and directors in the United States on whether they think it will be necessary to maintain a collection of hard copy books in five years time, as asked from 2010 to 2016, by institution type. In 2016, 6 percent of respondents at Baccalaureate degree-granting institutions believed hard-copy book collections would become unnecessary within five years.

Share of academic library deans/directors who believed hard copy to be unnecessary within five years in the United States from 2010 to 2016, by institution type

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Release date

April 2017


United States

Survey time period


Number of respondents

722 respondents

Special properties

Academic library directors and deans

Supplementary notes

This statement was phrased by the source as follows: "Within the next five years, the use of e-books will be so prevalent among faculty and students that it will not be necessary to maintain library collections of hard copy books."

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