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EPIC cost allocation model

The EPIC cost allocation model determines how much a subscription to National or Sector licensed products will cost.

Cost allocation is determined using the model below. Libraries can request a review of their cost allocation by applying in writing to the EPIC Manager.

In reviewing this model, the following principles were applied; that the pricing:

  • should be fair
  • should aim to be affordable for libraries in every sector
  • structure should be simple to understand 

EPIC Cost Allocation Model

Band Library type Criteria
A Charitable Trusts An organisation that is a Charitable Trust and obtains a significant proportion of their income from donations by members of the public. The organisation must have a library and clients should be individuals in need.
B Very Small Public Libraries Public Libraries with a population base less than 10,000
C Small Public Libraries Public Libraries with a population base between 10,000-30,000
C Small Special Libraries Not for profit Special Libraries with collection budget (for both print and electronic resources) less than $100,000
C Small Tertiary Libraries EFTS funded tertiary institutions with EFTS and total number of Academic Staff below 2000. Mostly Bible colleges, private training establishments and international colleges
D Small For Profit Special Libraries For Profit Special Libraries with collection budget (for both print and electronic resources) less than $100,000
E Medium Public Libraries Public Libraries with a population base between 30,000 - 50,000
E Medium Special Libraries Not for profit Special Libraries with collection budgets (for both print and electronic resources) between $100,000 - $500,000
E Medium Tertiary Libraries EFTS funded tertiary institutions with EFTS and total number of Academic Staff between 2000 - 5000 *
F Medium For Profit Special Libraries For profit Special Libraries with collection budgets (for both print and electronic resources) between $100,000 - $500,000
G Large Public Libraries Public Libraries with a population base between 50,000 - 100,000
G Large Special Libraries Not for profit Special Libraries with collection budgets (for both print and electronic resources) between $500,001 - $1,000,000
G Large Tertiary Libraries EFTS funded tertiary institutions with EFTS and total number of Academic Staff between 5,000 - 10,000
H Large For Profit Special Libraries For profit Special Libraries with collection budgets (for both print and electronic resources) between $500,001 - $1,000,000
I Very Large Public Libraries Public Libraries with a population base between 100,000 - 400,000
I Very Large Special Libraries Not for profit Special Libraries with collection budgets (for both print and electronic resources) greater than $1,000,000
I Very Large Tertiary Libraries EFTS funded tertiary institutions with EFTS and total number of Academic Staff above 10,000 *
J Very Large For Profit Special Libraries For Profit Special Libraries with collection budgets (for both print and electronic resources) greater than $1,000,000
K National Library of New Zealand National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa
L Super City Public Libraries 1 Public Libraries with a population base between 400,000 - 800,000
M Super City Public Libraries 2 Public Libraries with a population base over 800,000

* EFTS and Academic Staff FTE Numbers are based on the most up to date Ministry of Education Financial performance of public providers (TEIs).

** Population data is drawn from the most up to date PubSIG Public Library Statistics and, if information is unavailable, from the latest Census data on www.stats.govt.nz.

Page last updated: 28 January 2014.