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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, 2018
Book Titles (Print)*
524,139
Excludes bound journal volumes
Book Titles (Electronic)*
381,981
Bound Journal Volumes
122,430
Journal Titles (Print)* 6,139
Journal Titles (Electronic)*
36,320
Includes journals accessible through research databases.
Physical Media Titles*
103,039
Includes microforms, audiovisual, maps
Paid Databases
120
Locally Created Databases 5
TOTAL COLLECTION
1,051,618
All items marked with an asterisk (*)
Special Collections
Cayvan Recorded Media
14,071
Provides audio visual media for all academic departments, the Calvin community, and guests.
Children's Literature 7,822 Includes many Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz winners
Curriculum Collection
10,890
Supports the Education Department's curriculum
Government Documents
198,931
All formats
Heritage Hall (Archives) 3,290 Only includes cataloged volumes
Meeter Center for Calvin Studies 7,240
Ministry Resource Center 7,969
Rare Books & Journals
10,249
Services
Research Inquiries
2,304
All one-on-one research encounters
Classes Taught 138 Includes class sessions in the library
Liaison Events
99
Significant contacts with instructors and students, excluding "classes taught" and "research inquiries"
Interlibrary Loan Sent
10,645
Includes MeLCat
Interlibrary Loan Received 6,648 Includes MeLCat
Circulation
38,125
Excludes renewals
Ebook Usage 50,382 COUNTER BR2 only
Ejournal Usage 225,849 COUNTER JR1
Staff (FTE)
Librarians
8.50
Support Staff
10.36
Students (FTE)
8.91
1 FTE equals 2000 hours
Other
Study Spaces
824
Includes tables, carrels, study rooms
Square Footage
125,000
Includes all five floors
Open Hours 89.5 Typical week
Gate Counts 10,748 Typical week, entrances only