One-Year Budget for High School Library

Section 1: Library Books

Quantity Description Current Inventory Proposed Budget
30 @ $22 ea. Library books (Multilingual) 15 $
10 @ $85 ea. eBooks (multilingual) 0 $850.00
600 @ $15 ea. Library books (English) 25,000 $9,000.00
100 @ $40 ea. eBooks 40 $4,000.00
20 @ $45 ea. PlayAways 10 $900

Multi-lingual and English Library Books: In our assessment of the library collection, we have weeded out over 200 books in the past year that were outdated or inaccurate, in physical disrepair, or of very low interest to the student body. By purchasing new books for our English-speaking and non-English-speaking students we will increase library engagement, information literacy, and promote the enjoyment of books among patrons, both student and faculty.

E-books and PlayAways: There is a cultural shift among today’s students towards obtaining information and pleasure reading through e-readers, phones, and audiobooks. By providing these tools and resources, we will meet the students where they are, increase engagement with the library materials, and promote reading and literacy.

Section 2: Software/Online Subscriptions

Quantity Description Current Inventory Proposed Budget
1 year @ $2,300 OPAC and Circulation Software Destiny from Follett Annual subscription $2,300.00
1 year @ $1,500 Online database EBSCO None $1,500.00
5 @ $100 ea. E-Readers 1 $500.00
1 set @ $1,500 Virtual Reality System None $1,500.00

OPAC and circulation software: The library one-year plan calls for increased use of Destiny by the school community and by the library staff.  This system is imperative for the organization and control of our materials.

Virtual Reality System: With the advent of virtual museums and virtual street views of cities around the world, virtual reality systems like the Oculus are capable of engaging students in exciting new ways and helping them learn about the world outside the school walls and explore art and history in museums that they may not otherwise have access to.

Database Membership: Through EBSCO our students will gain access to a substantial amount of academically trusted knowledge. This will help them learn the skills related to research, citation, and writing that they will carry forth into adulthood. The students will be able to gain accurate and trustworthy knowledge on a wide variety of subjects and interest. We propose database membership in the place of purchasing more physical copies of reference books, as databases are kept up to date and memberships can easily be changed based on the needs of the faculty and student body of the school.

Section 3: Supplies

Quantity Description Current Inventory Proposed Budget
150 @ $8 ea. Paperback books 1,800 $1,200.00
Variable Processing materials Variable $850.00
20 @ $6 ea. Shelf labels 10 $120.00
6 @ $200 ea. Seating for Sustained Reading 1 $1,200

Paperback books: We will increase library engagement and reading for pleasure in our school by providing students with currently popular, engaging books to choose from.

Processing materials: These materials are needed in order to prepare the books for circulation and include barcode labels, sensor strips for the theft-detection, spine labels, and book jackets.

Shelf labels: The library five-year plan calls for rearranging the collection by genre in order to better meet the needs of the school community and increase browsing, which leads to learning how to choose books and read for pleasure.


Morris, B. J. (2010). Administering the school library media center (5th ed.). Santa Barbara, California: Libraries Unlimited.