About the Library


Students studying in Mansueto Library Grand Reading Room

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


  • 9th largest research library in North America
  • 11.9 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
  • 5,900 attendees at training sessions


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