Library Collection

The Libraries support academic, research and service programs with a variety of creative, innovative and practical resources designed to meet the needs of a growing, dynamic campus.

University Libraries are widely recognized for their innovative services and quality reference materials. Students and faculty can choose from a number of major facilities that provide the basis for students and faculty to conduct research and enhance their educational experience.

University Libraries' outstanding faculty and staff have received special recognition from campus groups and professional library organizations for their many accomplishments and innovative programs. University Libraries house much of the reference materials of the University, and provide tremendous academic resources to the university as a whole.

By the Numbers, 2012-2013


  • 9th largest research library in North America
  • 11.19 million volumes in print and electronic form
  • 51,760 linear feet of archives and manuscripts
  • 117.5 TB of University electronic archives and research data


  • 6 campus libraries with capacity to store approximately 11 million print volumes on campus
  • 205 miles of shelving
  • Average Mansueto book retrieval time: 3 minutes


  • 306,445 volumes circulated to 14,499 unique individuals
  • 26,258 Scan & Deliver requests
  • 16,087 UBorrow requests
  • 9.1 million successful responses to full-text article requests
  • 1,246,969 entries into Regenstein and 116,452 entries into Crerar
  • 31,813 visiting researchers unaffiliated with the University
  • 20,432 questions to reference librarians
  • 5,800 attendees at training sessions
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