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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Libraries and archives collect, preserve and provide public access to various forms of digital and physical media, such as books, journals and newspapers. The Libraries and Archives industry is primarily funded by governments based on the public good it provides, with most industry services provided to users free of charge. Government funding accounts for more than 90% of industry revenue. As a result, industry performance is strongly influenced by trends in federal, state and local government funding. The remaining share of industry revenue is typically derived from fees and late charges, as well as private funding and donations.

Industry revenue is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 1.6% over the five years through 2016-17...

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Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

The Libraries and Archives industry is split into three different service segments: national and state public libraries, local government libraries and national and state archives. Government expenditure accounts for approximately 90% of industry revenue, with the remaining share of industry revenue derived from own-source income channels such as hiring fees, database access and private funding.

Local government libraries

Local government libraries account for an estimated 52.9% of industry revenue in the current year. Local government libraries hold generalised collections that aim to cater to all groups in the community. The number of local government libraries has declined over the past five years, with most of these closures coming from municipal libraries. Loc..

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Industry Products

What is the Libraries and Archives Industry?

Libraries and archives collect and maintain various types of media, such as books, journals, newspapers and music. Industry establishments display many of these materials for public access, as well as preserving collections for the historical record. All or part of industry collections may be accessible online.

Industry Products
National and state public libraries
Local government libraries
National and state archives
Industry Activities
Archival operation
Film archive operation
Lending library operation
Library operation (except motion picture stock footage and distribution)
Mobile library operation
Motion picture film archive operation
Music archive operation
Reference library operation

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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