Costs avoided by local libraries due to the TexShare Database Program*

For the third year of the expanded database program


(July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004)

In the third year of the expanded database program (July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2004) we have reduced the number of databases offered by about 25%. 85% fewer ebooks were purchased than last year. The major database vendors have priced their databases as packages, rather than as individual units, resulting in an overall savings to individual purchasers. Because of these changes, libraries will find that the savings this year, while still substantial, is significantly lower than that reported last year.

It would have cost the 676 libraries participating in the TexShare database program over $167,741,000 dollars to purchase the database subscriptions and ebook collection that were purchased by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for under $8,000,000.

The database subscriptions, if purchased individually by each library, would have cost these 676 libraries $89,266,000. The ebook collection, if purchased individually by each library, would have cost these 676 libraries $78,475,000.

A public library serving a population under 10,000 would have paid

  •   $ 27,264 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 143,351 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A public library serving a population between 10,000 and 25,000 would have paid

  •   $ 65,752 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 181,839 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A public library serving a population between 25,000 and 50,000 would have paid

  •   $ 131,120 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 247,207 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A public library serving a population between 50,000 and 100,000 would have paid

  •   $ 198,365 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 314,452 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A public library serving a population between 100,000 and 200,000 would have paid

  •   $ 369,220 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 485,307 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A public library serving a population over 200,000

  •   $ 1,184,430 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 1,300,517 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A community college library serving an institution with under 2,000 ftes

  •   $ 55,097 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 171,184 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A community college library serving an institution with between 2,000 and 10,000 ftes

  •   $ 137,851 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 253,938 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A community college library serving an institution with over 10,000 ftes

  •   $ 590,834 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 706,921 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A library serving a four-year institution with under 2,000 ftes

  •   $ 78,940 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 195,027 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A library serving a four-year institution with between 2,000 and 10,000 ftes

  •   $ 273,654 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 389,741 for subscription databases and ebooks.

A library serving a four-year institution with over 10,000 ftes

  •   $ 921,910 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 1,037,997 for subscription databases and ebooks.

State governmental agency libraries that are adjunct users of the databases

  •   $ 75,315 for the subscription databases.
  •   $ 191,402 for subscription databases and ebooks.

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*Numbers are based on average population of libraries in each population group. Pricing figures provided by vendors. Vendor price tables do not reflect any discounts that individual libraries may be able to negotiate.

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