Date Approved

5-14-2004

Embargo Period

4-24-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Shontz, Marilyn L.

Subject(s)

Public libraries--New Jersey--Finance

Disciplines

Library and Information Science

Abstract

The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine New Jersey public libraries with budgets exceeding $3 million dollars and find out their sources of funding. In particular, with the financial climate of many state libraries' budgets being cut, the mailed questionnaire focused on whether 18 public libraries out of a selection of 21 libraries in New Jersey have established endowment funds or deferred giving plans. Results found that only a few libraries have funding other than local community tax revenue. Most library directors acknowledge that fundraising is a viable way to diversify their income, and that in concept it is valuable. The majority of libraries were not doing fundraising on any sustainable basis, and their philosophical agreement to raise money did not translate into any significant action on their part.

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