Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2016 System Plans and Program Budgets

By October 15 every year, Wisconsin public library system boards submit their plans for the next fiscal year to the Division for Libraries and Technology (DLT). The Division must review and approve these plans to certify the payment amounts of state aid to public library systems. For 2016, funding will come largely from county appropriations and service contracts totaling 65.7% of system budgets statewide.

2016 Public Library System Income Sources
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As planned, systems will be spending 34% of budgets statewide on technology, reference, and interlibrary loan and 37% on direct payments to member libraries for nonresident access to library services within systems. The remaining 29% will be used for nonresident access payments across system borders and programs that include:

  • Delivery
  • Continuing Education and Consulting
  • Library Collection Development
  • Library Service to Youth
  • Library Service to Special Users

2016 Public Library System Program Budgets
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Approved system plans for 2013-2016 are online at

Written by Jamie McCanless, Public Library Development Team