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A costing study of the document supply service at a Chinese research library: the case of Wuhan University Library

Xia Liu (Wuhan University Library, Wuhan, China)
Ting Lei (Wuhan University Library, Wuhan, China)

Interlending & Document Supply

ISSN: 0264-1615

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to report on a cost study of document supply at Wuhan University Library, and to investigate the difference in costs over time and the cost‐effectiveness for the university.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative approach is employed.

Findings

The borrowing unit cost and lending unit cost decreased by 27 percent and 60 percent, respectively, between 2002 and 2004, but showed a small increase in 2006.

Originality/value

The paper reveals the cost of document supply in a Chinese research library and proves that the cost could be lowered rapidly by taking effective measures. The paper also demonstrates that document supply is an effective way to resolve the library budgetary crisis as well as satisfying end‐users' needs.

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Citation

Liu, X. and Lei, T. (2008), "A costing study of the document supply service at a Chinese research library: the case of Wuhan University Library", Interlending & Document Supply, Vol. 36 No. 2, pp. 86-90. https://doi.org/10.1108/02641610810878558

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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