The University Library consumes a substantial portion of the University's funds, more than $8 million in 1986. The Annual Report is intended to inform the Library Committee, the Academic Board, Senate and the University community generally about how this money is spent, and about developments and difficulties in the provision of librllry service. The Report is an expression of the Library's accountability. Often overlooked is the fact that the University Library is part of a national ano international network of libraries, having probablY more daily contacts with outside institutions than any other section of the University. These contacts are essential if the University community is to have access to library materials and information sources not held within theLibrary ~ In turn other institutions and the communit~generallyexpect the Library to respond to their requests for library materials or information. Internal and external demand on the Library has continued to grow in spite of the stabilisation in student numbers and the static or slightly declining condition of the University budget. In the last decllde the Library has attempted to maintain service by revie~ing and altering policies.and while there has peen inevitable reduction in som
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