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.

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Collections and usage highlights

  • 3.9MVolumes held
  • 1.1MElectronic books
  • 117KElectronic journals
  • 300Languages in collections


3,978,507 Volumes held
3,411,730 Titles held
1,183,283 Electronic books
119,049 Active serials titles
117,625 Electronic journals
15,460 Institutional Repositories Content
202,005 Audio, film, video, and cartographic materials
1,336,827 Digital collections of images and document pages
300 Languages reported in UML Collections
  • 1.8MDatabase uses
  • 96KPhysical items borrowed
  • 600KE-book downloads
  • 2MJournal downloads

Collection Usage

96,059 Physical items borrowed (excluding reserves)
244,390 Digital circulation (e-book & e-media titles usage)
618,527 E-books chapter downloads (BR2 reports)
2,169,460 Journal article downloads
613,373 Institutional repository usage
406,921 Digital Collections & e-Resources views (website pageviews of UM Digital Collections)
16,157 Items loaned to other libraries through Interlibrary Loan Services
6,404 Items borrowed for students, faculty and staff through Interlibrary Loan Services
~40,000 Online Research Guides with about pageviews

Library Services

  • 45KReference questions answered
  • 900Sessions & workshops
  • 14KParticipants in sessions & workshops

Library Services

45,408 Reference questions answered
953 Annual instructional sessions and workshops delivered to UM students, faculty, or staff
14,208 Participants in instructional sessions and workshop
  • 96Professionals

Library Personnel (FTE)

66 Librarians
30 Professional staff
79 Support staff
66 Student assistants

Space and Seating

  • 2KSeats
  • 7Locations

Number of Seats

Architecture 40
Business 80
Calder Medical 399
Richter 1188
Weeks Music 205
Grand Total 2056
  • 1.6MVisitors

Visitors/Hours Usage

1,629,766 Visitors
118 Number of weekly public service hours. Richter Library open 24/7 during Fall & Spring finals.

Note: FY2018 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