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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, 2019
Book Titles (Print)*
528,095
Excludes bound journal volumes
Book Titles (Electronic)*
552,442
Bound Journal Volumes
123,290
Journal Titles (Print)* 6,111
Journal Titles (Electronic)*
40,919
Includes journals accessible through research databases.
Physical Media Titles*
101,496
Includes microforms, audiovisual, maps
Paid Databases
119
Locally Created Databases 5
TOTAL COLLECTION
1,229,063
All items marked with an asterisk (*)
Special Collections
Cayvan Recorded Media
12,830
Provides audio visual media for all academic departments, the Calvin community, and guests.
Children's Literature 7,861 Includes many Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz winners
Curriculum Collection
10,487
Supports the Education Department's curriculum
Government Documents
206,403
All formats
Heritage Hall (Archives) 3,296 Only includes cataloged volumes
Meeter Center for Calvin Studies 7,295
Ministry Resource Center 8,253
Rare Books & Journals
11,709
Services
Research Inquiries
2,204
All one-on-one research encounters
Classes Taught 130 Includes class sessions in the library
Liaison Events
20
Significant contacts with instructors and students, excluding "classes taught" and "research inquiries"
Interlibrary Loan Sent
12,006
Includes MeLCat
Interlibrary Loan Received 6,545 Includes MeLCat
Circulation
36,588
Excludes renewals
Ebook Usage 294,509 COUNTER BR2 only
Ejournal Usage 231,300 COUNTER JR1
Staff (FTE)
Librarians
8.50
Support Staff
10.36
Students (FTE)
9.05
1 FTE equals 2000 hours
Other
Study Spaces
927
Includes tables, carrels, study rooms
Square Footage
125,000
Includes all five floors
Open Hours 89.5 Typical week
Gate Counts 11,095 Typical week, entrances only