Fast Facts


What's in the libraries?

  • 11.9 million volumes
  • 167,884 current serial subscriptions
  • 6,420,227 microforms
  • 12 miles of manuscripts and 500,000 rare books
  • 179,457 videos, DVDs, CDs, sound recordings
  • 170,156 government documents

Who's in the libraries?

  • 4.0 million people visit the Libraries per year
  • 156 librarians
  • 357 administrative & support staff
  • 300-400 part-time student employees per year

How many?

  • 22 Columbia and affiliated libraries
  • 246 miles of books and other items
  • 31,000 items checked out per month
  • 30,000 items renewed per month
  • 247,000 items added to the collections per year
  • 144,132 questions answered at service desks or via e-mail
  • 7,800,000 titles listed in CLIO, the Libraries' online catalog
  • 70,800,575 hits on the Libraries website per year
  • 395,208 hits on e-reserves per year
  • 1,600 library workshops, classes or tours offered per year

A Click Away

  • 1,355 databases
  • 102,429 e-journals
  • 1,289,132 e-books
  • 1,000,000+ e-images