Libraries and archives are institutions that preserve and provide access to information. In the digital age, these core functions remain and the traditional role of the industry in ordering information is growing in importance. While collections themselves are changing, the industry's services remain relevant and demand from major markets is strong. Governments and private donors continue to contribute to the industry based on the public good it provides, with industry services overwhelmingly provided free to users. Industry revenue performance is strongly influenced by trends in federal, state and local government funding.
The industry is mainly engaged in providing library or archive services. Libraries and archives maintain collections of documents (e.g. books, journals, newspaper and music) and facilitate the use of such documents (recorded information regardless of its physical form and characteristics) for the historical record and for access by the public. All or parts of these collections may be accessible electronically.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.