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Cancellations and Withdrawals

This guide outlines Gleeson Library's necessary cancellation and withdrawal projects.

Library Budget

The Gleeson Library materials acquisition budget has been negatively impacted for the last several fiscal years due to a combination of university reallocation measures and the rising cost of scholarly publications, and this situation is further exacerbated by the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The chart below illustrates the erosion of our buying power since FY15-16. While we have regained some funding through budget assists and adjustments, we are still below FY16 levels:

A bar chart showing the Gleeson materials budget fiscal year 2016 to fiscal year 2021

  • FY16 total library budget reallocation $79,000 — all $79,000 was taken from materials budget
  • FY17 total library budget reallocation $200,000 — $171,000 was taken from materials budget
  • FY18 total library budget reallocation $204,000 — $151,551 was taken from materials budget
  • FY19 total library budget reallocation $326,000 — covered by closure of branch campus libraries
  • FY20 total library budget reallocation $402,000 — $307,324 was taken from materials budget
  • FY21 total library budget reallocation $718,204 — $400,433 was taken from materials budget

Impact on our collections

In FY20-21, the library materials budget has been reduced by over $400,000. As a result, the library cancelled 76 journal subscriptions for 2021, as well as 7 databases and four journal packages. Additionally, all book purchases and a number of subscriptions continue to be paid from restricted endowment funds.