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VIVA Budget

For the current fiscal year 2016-17, VIVA's budget is estimated to be approximately $17.8 million. Overall, the vast majority of expenditures (more than 97%) continue to be for direct services for our member libraries, supporting students and faculty. Of the total budget in fy17, 94.1% will be allocated for electronic collections, 2.5% will be allocated for resource sharing and interlibrary loan, 0.6% will be allocated for travel and training, and 2.75% will be spent on central administrative costs of any kind.

In addition to the resources acquired through the General Assembly's allocations and local institutional budgets, individual institutions have supported the VIVA project in a variety of ways, most notably through the significant amounts of time donated by dedicated library staff members throughout the Commonwealth.

VIVA libraries take pride in knowing that significant financial benefits have accrued to our members through the group purchases. As of July 1, 2016, the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA) has recorded approximately $730 million in cost avoidance. This represents money saved over what would have been spent had each individual public institution acquired the VIVA resources independently. In most cases, these are resources that the local colleges and universities would not have been able to acquire in an electronic form without the Commonwealth's support for VIVA. VIVA not only saves money, but also levels the playing field across VIVA institutions and extends access for all of Virginia's students and faculty. Further significant cost avoidance has been achieved for subscriptions and acquisitions on behalf of the VIVA private colleges and universities.

Contact the director:

Anne Osterman, VIVA Director
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

About the VIVA Budget

VIVA began on July 1, 1994, and has been funded in two-year periods since then.

VIVA is funded by the Virginia General Assembly and the VIVA member institutions, and is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV).