Library Statistics

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 house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals and more than 500,000 e-books. The collections are comprised of materials in a number of languages; after English, the top languages collected are German, Spanish, French, and Chinese.

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.


Books and periodicals (print and electronic): 5,509,938
Films and videos: 99,681
Audio recordings: 72,410
Photographs: 381,884
Maps: 118,640
Microforms: 3.4 million
Architectural drawings: 625 linear feet
Manuscripts: 21,451 linear feet

Books and other items checked out: 122,814
Instruction sessions held: 795
Instruction session participants: 7,560
Reference transactions: 53,117
Computers for public use: 210
Loans from other libraries: 35,537
Loans to other libraries: 45,426
*Note: Collections data includes all libraries. Services data does not include Medical School Library.

For questions, or access to previous years’ data, please contact Carol Mollman, Library Assessment Coordinator at