Library Statistics

Library Statistics

Collection Strengths: The library collects broadly and deeply in most traditional liberal arts disciplines. Theology, Religion, American and English literature, and Philosophy are the library's strongest collections. Within theology, the library collects exhaustively in Reformed theology and Calvinism.

Collection Statistics as of June 30, 2017
Book Titles (Print)*
521,057
Excludes bound journal volumes
Book Titles (Electronic)*
381,459
Bound Journal Volumes
116,768
Journal Titles (Print)* 5,909
Journal Titles (Electronic)*
35,045
Includes journals accessible through research databases.
Physical Media Titles*
103,959
Includes microforms, audiovisual, maps
Paid Databases
136
Locally Created Databases 5
TOTAL COLLECTION
1,047,429
All items marked with an asterisk (*)
Special Collections
Cayvan Recorded Media
14,948
Provides audio visual media for all academic departments, the Calvin community, and guests.
Children's Literature 7,739 Includes many Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz winners
Curriculum Collection
10,291
Supports the Education Department's curriculum
Government Documents
189,949
All formats
Heritage Hall (Archives) 3,275 Only includes cataloged volumes
Meeter Center for Calvin Studies 7,123
Ministry Resource Center 7,590
Rare Books & Journals
10,200
Services
Research Inquiries
3,454
All one-on-one research encounters
Classes Taught 170 Includes class sessions in the library
Liaison Events
167
Significant contacts with instructors and students, excluding "classes taught" and "research inquiries"
Interlibrary Loan Sent
10,830
Includes MeLCat
Interlibrary Loan Received 6,503 Includes MeLCat
Circulation
43,361
Excludes renewals
Ebook Usage 48,514 COUNTER BR2 only
Ejournal Usage 229,200 COUNTER JR1
Staff (FTE)
Librarians
8.36
Support Staff
10.68
Students (FTE)
9.07
1 FTE equals 2000 hours
Other
Study Spaces
824
Includes tables, carrels, study rooms
Public Computers
117
Includes public computers in the CIT lab, but excludes classrooms
Square Footage
125,000
Includes all five floors
Open Hours 89.5 Typical week
Gate Counts 25,608 Typical week