Pricing Objectives for Public Library Services Academic Article uri icon


  • The opportunities and problems confronting a public library in its pricing decisions are related to its pricing objectives. This paper examines six objectives of price and identifies the likely outcomes associated with each objective. These objectives are market equity, social equity, maximum opportunity for participation, maximizing revenue, rationing, and commercial sector encouragement. It is unlikely that a library will have one overall pricing objective which is applicable to all of the services it delivers. The price which is ultimately adopted for any particular service will depend upon which objectives are uppermost in priority and will represent the best compromise among conflicting objectives. 1980 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

published proceedings

  • Public Library Quarterly

author list (cited authors)

  • Crompton, J. L., & Bonk, S.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Crompton, John L||Bonk, Sharon

publication date

  • March 1980