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Impact of Covid on Library Collections

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The large direct and indirect costs of the pandemic have forced all University departments to trim expenditures. Like many of our peers, Georgetown University Library is unable to keep pace with the escalating costs of journal access. Journal subscription prices rose an average of about 6% last year, which continues a decades-long trend

The Library has been reviewing collection expenditures and overall usage statistics, especially of content that is available online, to identify titles that could be cancelled with the least amount of impact on Georgetown’s scholarly work. During this process, librarians affiliated with academic departments have been consulting with faculty and will continue to seek their input regarding which titles are most essential to conduct your research and teaching.

A list of cancelled titles is available (Georgetown account required). This list will continue to be updated throughout the fiscal year as resources come up for renewal and in response to adjusted budgetary requirements.

Most of the cancelled titles can be accessed in alternative ways, as described in the spreadsheet. Please contact your subject librarian or reference@georgetown.edu for assistance.

If you have other questions or wish to follow up, please contact Meg Meiman, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Services, or Ryan Johnson, Head of Research Services.