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, 2013-2014


  • 9th largest research library in North America*
  • 12.6 million volumes in print and electronic form
  • 57,240 linear feet of archives and manuscripts
  • 131 terabytes of born-digital archives, digitized collections, and research data


  • 6 campus libraries with capacity to store approximately 11 million print volumes on campus
  • 205 miles of shelving


  • 270,053 volumes circulated to 14,101 unique individuals
  • 22,161 Scan & Deliver requests
  • 13,654 UBorrow requests and 10,327 BorrowDirect requests
  • 9.1 million successful responses to full-text article requests
  • 1,247,924 entries into Regenstein and 137,745 entries into Crerar
  • 34,411 visiting researchers unaffiliated with the University
  • 23,424 questions to reference librarians
  • 9,600 attendees at training sessions
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*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 2014.