Costing Manual and Computerised Library Circulation Systems

John Ross (Ph.D. student. Computing Centre, University of Essex, engaged in research on Library Automation)
Jane Brooks (Senior Library Assistant, University of Essex.)

Program: electronic library and information systems

ISSN: 0033-0337

Publication date: 1 March 1972


The cost per loan for the manual circulation system at the University of Essex Library is calculated for 1970/71 and predicted for 1973/74 and 1976/77. An allowance is made for the time spent by library users when borrowing books. Likely costs for an on‐line circulation system are also calculated. A table is given for manual, off‐line and on‐line circulation systems costs for several university libraries.


Ross, J. and Brooks, J. (1972), "Costing Manual and Computerised Library Circulation Systems", Program: electronic library and information systems, Vol. 6 No. 3, pp. 217-227.

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