All libraries must work within the constraints of available resources. No library has unlimited space or funding. Controlling costs is essential. Many libraries outsource processing, selection, and other parts of the lifecycle as a response to these limits. Donations, grants, and other alternative funding sources should be included in budgeting strategies.
In tough economic times, libraries have to tighten their budgets. A 2009 survey by Library Journal revealed that the biggest challenge to libraries was rising materials prices, followed by escalating energy costs ...