About the Library
The University of Chicago Library
As a center of intense intellectual inquiry, the University of Chicago Library shares with the University of Chicago the aspiration to be the most dynamic research and learning environment in the world, supporting the University's commitment to research and teaching in the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the College and to using its intellectual resources to help solve the world's problems.
By the Numbers, 2012-2013
- 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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