Facts & Figures


The UM Libraries have consistently ranked within the top 50 ARL libraries (Association of Research Libraries). Established in 1925, the University of Miami Libraries is the youngest member of the top 50 North American research libraries at private universities and is the second youngest member among all top 50 institutions in general.

Collections and usage highlights

  • 3.9MVolumes held
  • 1MElectronic books
  • 113KElectronic journals
  • 300Languages in collections

Collections

3,916,265 Volumes held
3,418,163 Titles held
1,031,162 Electronic books
114,801 Active serials titles
113,585 Electronic journals
191,953 Audio, film, video, and cartographic materials
1,277,749 Digital collections of images and document pages
~4,000,000 Microforms
300 Languages reported in UML Collections
  • 1.8MDatabase uses
  • 99KPhysical items borrowed
  • 700KE-book downloads
  • 2MJournal downloads

Collection Usage

99,577 Physical items borrowed (excluding reserves)
20,085 Items loaned to other libraries through Interlibrary Loan Services
6,441 Items borrowed for students, faculty and staff through Interlibrary Loan Services
702,879 E-books chapter downloads
2,169,460 Journal article downloads

Library Services

  • 38KReference questions answered
  • 1KSessions & workshops
  • 14KParticipants in sessions & workshops
  • 470KInstitutional repository item usage

Library Services

38,337 Reference questions answered
1,142 Annual instructional sessions and workshops delivered to UM students, faculty, or staff
14,411 Participants in instructional sessions and workshop
470,158 Item usage from the institutional repository
  • 85Professionals

Library Personnel (FTE)

85 Professionals (including library faculty and administrative/professional staff)
97 Support staff
56 Student assistants

Space and Seating

  • 2KSeats
  • 7Locations

Number of Seats

Architecture 40
Business 80
Calder Medical 399
Richter 1188
RSMAS 144
Weeks Music 205
Grand Total 2056
  • 1.8MVisitors

Visitors/Hours Usage

1,842,209 Visitors
45,011 Gate count in a typical week
118 Number of weekly public service hours. Richter Library open 24/7 during Fall & Spring finals.

Note: FY2017 Data

The numbers include All UM Libraries.

University of Miami Libraries report statistics on library collections, expenditures, services and facilities to the following external organizations:

  • The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
  • The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Statistics (IPEDS)
  • The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL)
  • Peterson’s Survey