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Library Facts: By the Numbers

Washington University has 12 libraries on three campuses: 10 on the Danforth Campus and one each at the Medical School Campus and West Campus. Here's the complete list. The Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and MOBIUS, among other organizations. See the Welcome to the Libraries page for more information.


2012-2013 Olin (Main)* All Libraries Combined
(includes Law, Medicine)
Titles held - includes all formats 3,410,910 3,792,283
Volumes held 4,239,976 5,058,551
Electronic books (included in volumes held) 1,175,716 1,257,991
Number of successful full-text article requests (journals) 1,711,220 3,798,987
Number of regular searches (databases) 2,216,493 3,273,243
Number of initial circulations 165,637 177,178
Total number of filled requests provided to other libraries 32,257 47,333
Total number of filled requests received from other libraries or providers 42,533 46,536
Number of reference transactions 43,343 54,200
Number of library presentations to groups 511 834
Number of total participants in group presentations 6,722 9,210
Total Staff FTE 184 240
Professional staff, FTE 68 97
Support staff, FTE 72 96
Student assistants, FTE 44 48
Total Library Expenditures 18,417,642 26,266,746
Total Library Materials Expenditures 9,575,232 14,378,390

*Also includes: Art & Architecture, Business Library, Chemistry, Earth & Planetary Sciences, East Asian, Music, Physics, Social Work, Special Collections, West Campus

For questions, or access to previous years’ data, please contact Carol Mollman, Library Assessment Coordinator at mollman@wustl.edu