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Public Library Statistical Report

Help for completing the annual Oregon Public Library Statistical Report.

Part 4 - Section A: Library Operating Expenditures



Operating expenditures are the current and recurrent costs necessary to support the provision of library services. This is a statistical count of expenditures. It may not be the same as your annual budget, and does not need balance with revenue. Significant costs, especially benefits and salaries, that are paid by other taxing agencies (government agencies with the authority to levy taxes such as city, county, special, regional or school districts) "on behalf of" the library may be included if the information is available. Only such funds that are supported by expenditures documents (such as invoices, contracts, payroll records, etc.) at the point of disbursement should be included. Do not report the value of donated items as expenditures. Do not report capital expenditures under this category.

4.01 Salaries and wages. Report salaries and wages for all library staff (including plant operations, security, and maintenance staff) for the fiscal year. Include the salaries and wages before deductions (gross pay) but exclude employee benefits.

4.02 Employee benefits. Report the benefits outside of salaries and wages paid and accruing to all eligible library staff. Include amounts for directly- paid employee benefits including Social Security and Medicare (FICA), retirement, medical insurance, life insurance, guaranteed disability income protection, unemployment compensation, workmen’s compensation, tuition, and housing benefits. NOTE: Legally, an employer must pay FICA and workmen's compensation. Consult with your payroll staff if you have questions.

4.03 Total staff expenditures (auto-summed from 4.01 and 4.02).


This includes operating expenditures for all materials in print, microform, electronic, and other formats considered part of the collection, whether purchased, leased, or licensed. If record keeping does not separate total expenditures by type of material, it is acceptable to use some reasonable methodology to estimate the relative amounts. An estimate is preferable to n.c. (not collected). Exclude charges or fees for interlibrary loans and expenditures for document delivery.  

4.04 Books and other print materials. Report all operating expenditures for the following print materials: books, government documents, and any other print acquisitions (i.e. maps). Include expenditures for book leasing plans, and other pre-processing costs if included in the price of materials.

4.05 Periodicals and other serial subscriptions. A serial is a publication issued in successive parts, usually at regular intervals (e.g., newspapers, annual reports, yearbooks, magazines, etc.). Report all operating expenditures for serial back files and current serial subscriptions here. Do not report the value of donated subscriptions.

4.06 Total expenditures on print materials (auto-summed from 4.04 and 4.05).

4.07 Electronic materials expenditures. Report all operating expenditures for electronic (digital) materials. Types of electronic materials include: 

  • e-books (Library2Go),
  • streaming and/or downloadable audio and video (Library2Go),
  • e-serials (including journals and magazines such as Consumer Reports)
  • government documents
  • periodical or reference databases (EBSCO or ProQuest, full text or not),
  • reference tools or services (Mango, Novelist, Chilton)
  • musical scores,
  • maps,
  • pictures
  • materials digitized by the library.

Include electronic materials that can be distributed on disks, or other portable digital carrier, and can be accessed via a computer through the Internet, or by using an electronic device. Include expenditures for materials held locally and for remote electronic materials for which permanent or temporary access rights have been acquired. Include expenditures for licensed databases. Expenditures for computer software used to support library operations or to link to external networks, including the Internet, are reported under Other Operating Expenditures (Question 4.10). 

4.08 Other materials expenditures. Report all operating expenditures for other physical materials such as DVD, CD, books on CD, microform, kits, toys or games, new material formats, etc.  

4.09 Total expenditures on collection. This is an auto-summed field of all expenditures for print materials, electronic materials, and other materials (4.06, 4.07, and 4.08).

4.10 All other operating expenditures. Report all expenditures other than those reported for Total Staff Expenditures and Total Expenditures on Collection (Questions 4.3 and 4.9). NOTE: Include expenses such as binding, supplies, repair or replacement of existing furnishings and equipment; and costs of computer hardware and software used to support library operations or to link to external networks, including the Internet. Report contracts for services, such as costs of operating and maintaining physical facilities, and fees paid to a consultant, auditor, attorney, etc. Include significant costs that are paid by other agencies on behalf of the library if such information is available. Costs may include operating and maintaining physical facilities and/or fees paid to a consultant, auditor, attorney, etc.

4.11 Total library expenditures (auto-summed from 4.03, 4.09 and 4.10).

Part 4 - Section B: Library Capital Expenditures



4.12 - 4.14 Report major capital expenditures, which are the acquisition of or additions to fixed assets. Examples include expenditures for:

  • site acquisition
  • new buildings
  • additions to or renovation of library buildings
  • furnishings, equipment, and initial collections (print, non-print, and electronic) for new buildings, building additions, or building renovations
  • computer hardware and software used to support library operations, to link to networks, or to run information products
  • new vehicles
  • other one-time major projects

Exclude expenditures for:

  • replacement and repair of existing furnishings and equipment
  • regular purchase of library materials
  • investments for capital appreciation

Include federal, state, local, or other revenue used for major capital expenditures. Only funds that are supported by expenditures documents (e.g., invoices, contracts, payroll records, etc.) at the point of disbursement should be included. Your local accounting practices may determine whether a specific item is a capital expense or an operating expense. Even if books are considered capital outlay locally, please report book expense on Question 4.4.