Unsurprisingly, there was definite uncertainty about project survival in 2020, with 50% unsure of the future of their ventures. This has decreased to just 8% in 2022, revealing more certainty in project development.
As a point of interest, we find 68% of projects planned in 2020 have since been undertaken after a Covid delay. The pandemic is still having an impact on project certainty, with 32% still being postponed in 2022.
In contrast, there were no projects cancelled in 2022 compared with 7% in 2020.
As libraries and their staff, students and patrons adjust to returning to work, there has been an increase in new budgets, with 72% reporting budget growth. Many organisations described that some of the key Covid measures they had implemented during the pandemic, such as desk booking, are continuing for best use of space and resources.
In 2020, we asked libraries if their technology was enabling them to adopt essential measures, while delivering flexibility to adapt to changing guidelines. In both surveys, there are similar responses; however, it’s clear that technology is facilitating more agility than previously thought.
In 2020, technology provided more online content and chat facilities. In comparison, the assets delivering best practice in 2022 are solutions such as seat booking, hygiene stations and reductions in capacity.
Nevertheless, a number of institutions told us that they have now removed all Covid restrictions in 2022.