Electronic Resource & Database Access

There will be no off-campus access to Library electronic resources and databases this Friday, November 28 from 6-10pm. Library buildings are also closed for the Thanksgiving holiday during that time.

Budget Challenges

Like many other academic research libraries, the UCSB Library faces multiple challenges in the effort to build collections and provide access to information resources needed to support the diverse programs of research and teaching on our campus.

  • Prices for scholarly journals have been rising on average about 6 percent annually, and for academic books, about 4.5 percent annually–well above the rate of inflation in the general economy.

  • The collections budgets of many research libraries have failed to keep up with the demands of the academic information marketplace.  At UCSB, collections funding has remained flat for nearly a decade, deeply eroding the library's purchasing power because of the cumulative effects of inflation.
  • UCSB's participation in California Digital Library (CDL)-licensed resources has provided significant value to our campus because of the favorable license terms for large journal packages, research databases, and ebook collections that CDL is able to negotiate.  UCSB pays a share of the cost of these resources, along with other UC campuses, and we must cover our share of the annual increases in these costs.  CDL resources currently account for two-thirds of the library's base collections budget and over 90 percent of its current journal subscriptions.
  • Journal subscriptions can be surprisingly expensive.  Here are a few sample titles from the current subscriptions of the UCSB Library:

    Journal Title
    Annual Cost to UCSB Library
    British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies $713
    Cognitive Linguistics $757
    American Economic Review $922
    The American Journal of Psychiatry $976
    Chinese Studies in History $1,070
    Journal of Environmental Pathology, Toxicology, and Oncology $1,095
    Journal of Neurophysiology $1,695
    International Materials Reviews $1,946
    Genes & Development $2,060
    Biological Chemistry $2,466
    Botanica Marina $2,219
    Materials Science and Technology $2,958
    International Mathematics Research Notices $4,096
    The Journal of Adhesion $4,610
    Modern Physics Letters $8,953
    International Journal of Modern Physics $15,228
  • We continue to see the effects of the scholarly communication crisis as journals move to the large commercial academic publishers and their price often doubles or triples.
  • A further indication of consolidation in the academic information marketplace is that three of the largest publishers (Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley) now account for a third of the entire UCSB Library collections budget. 
  • The volume of scholarly publishing worldwide continues to increase rapidly, as academic publishers develop a proliferation of costly new journals and online research databases–resources often in demand by researchers.
  • We have developed various management strategies to maximize the value of our limited collections budget.  These include cancelling print journals that the library also subscribes to online and offsetting the cost of new journal subscriptions by cancelling others of equivalent value that are less needed.  Although we continue to use these and other strategies, the benefits they yield will diminish over time as the effects of inflation compound and the budget becomes increasingly unsustainable.  For more information see the Collection Budget Strategies page.