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About the Library


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The University of Chicago Library

Library Director and University Librarian: Brenda Johnson

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, 2014-2015


  • 9th largest research library in North America*
  • 11 million volumes in print and electronic form
  • 59,582 linear feet of archives and manuscripts
  • 137 terabytes of born-digital archives, digitized collections, and research data

Collection Use

  • 238,017 print volumes circulated to 13,347 unique individuals
  • 8.9 million electronic articles delivered
  • 1.9 million uses of electronic books


  • 23,314 Scan & Deliver requests
  • 17,186 UBorrow requests and 9,848 BorrowDirect requests
  • 21,987 questions to librarians
  • 9,313 attendees at training sessions


  • 1.2 million entries into Regenstein and 141,278 entries into Crerar
  • 34,205 visits by researchers unaffiliated with the University
  • 2 million visits to the Library website
  • 961,178 visits to the Library Catalog
*Library ranking is based on the most recent data available (published October 2014) from the Association of Research Libraries. All other data date from June 2015.


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