KU Libraries is committed to serving the research & publishing needs of students, faculty, and staff by participating in the movement towards a more sustainable scholarly future.
Big Deals at KU Libraries
The volume and cost of scholarly resources have steadily increased for decades, alongside the bundling of journal titles into big deals as outlined above. While some publishers and vendors realize substantial profit, the libraries' base collection budget has not increased at a similar rate. In fact, it saw no increase from 2009 to 2022. These factors combine to create what we call the crisis in library resources, leading to diminished access and reducing our ability to purchase other materials.