Library Statistics

Washington University Libraries are the hub of scholarly activity at the university. With 12 libraries–The John M. Olin Library and nine distributed libraries on the Danforth Campus, the Bernard Becker Medical Library at the Medical School Campus, and one at West Campus—students and researchers have easy access to the resources and services they need. Online access also lets scholars use hundreds of databases, electronic journals and other digital resources from around the world.

2017-2018 By the Numbers°

°Includes all Washington University Libraries locations, except total gate count as noted below.

Collections (Titles)
   Print books** 1,935,119
   Print journals 62,177
   E-books (some titles may be duplicated within print books) 2,014,250
   E-journals 170,031
   Databases 460
   Other formats (audio-visual materials, manuscripts, maps, microfilm, photographs, etc.) 1,129,469
Total Research Collection Base** 5,141,475
Circulation and Usage
   Initial physical circulations 115,302
   E-books viewed/used 744,524
   E-journals viewed/used 5,159,803
   Open Scholarship (open access repository) downloads 981,293
Inter-institutional collaboration
   Items loaned 36,345
   Items borrowed 37,542
Library Services
   Reference (in person and virtual) 41,007
   Instructional sessions 1,314
   Instructional session participants 11,472
   Faculty & staff campus box deliveries 5,405
   Social media followers 3,225
Website views (entire site) 1,823,638
Total full-time staff 198
Total gate count* 1,542,928

*Does not include East Asian, Law, Bernard Becker Medical, Gustavus A. Pfeiffer Physics, or West Campus Libraries

** This figure was previously incorrectly reported due to an accounting error. We apologize for the mistake.