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Impact Report

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These figures and graphs capture the impact and development of the Washington University Libraries’ collections, core services, remote support, outreach efforts, and more, for FY22 (July 2021 through June 2022).

Figures include all Washington University Libraries except where otherwise indicated.

Collections | Expanding Digital Resources | Usage | Instruction & Outreach
Events & Engagement | People | Spaces | Expenditures | Ranking Results


Print books2,215,113
Print journals63,439
Other formats*478,158
Total research collections base5,469,694

*Other formats include microforms, audiovisual materials, manuscripts, architectural drawings, photographs, maps, etc.

Expanding Digital Resources

Collection materials digitized53,629
University repository (Open Scholarship) contributions974


Initial physical circulations (includes reserves)37,123
E-books viewed/used216,144
E-journals viewed/used3,800,207
Repository downloads1,452,435
Inter-institutional loans (includes ILL and Mobius)17,973
Inter-institutional borrowed19,372
Total visitors*470,678

*Does not include Bernard Becker Medical Library

Instruction & Outreach

Instruction sessions (In-person and virtual)1,333
Number of participants24,540

Events & Engagement*

Public events (In-person and virtual)69
Event attendees1,989
Social media followers (primary Libraries accounts only)5,612
Website views1,837,128

*Does not include Bernard Becker Medical Library, Brown School Library, or Law Library


Total full-time staff186
New positions7

Libraries Spaces*

LocationsSquare FootageUser Seats
John M. Olin Library158,4891,383
Al and Ruth Kopolow (Business) Library10,338293
Brown School Library4,52665
East Asian Library7,954116
Gaylord Music Library7,87968
Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library8,83479
Law Library49,565534
West Campus Library46,540n/a

*Does not include Bernard Becker Medical Library

FY22 Expenditures

*Personnel includes fringe benefits

Ranking Results

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Investment Index (FY20)*35
Princeton Review Best College Library18

*FY21 rankings come out in late fall 2022