The Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA) study Better stock, better libraries suggests England's 149 library
authorities buy books collectively in order to save money to reinvest in improving services.
It describes a new stock procurement model, drawn up by PricewaterhouseCoopers, which would allow them to do this. It includes an eMarketplace to help authorities seek stock at best value and process purchases more efficiently. It also suggests authorities work together regionally to find back-office savings.
John Dolan, the MLA's head of library policy, said: 'A 40% overhead in buying stock is unacceptable.'