KU News Release


Aug. 24, 2010
Contact: Rebecca Smith, KU Libraries, (785) 864-1761

KU Libraries ranked in top 50 in the nation by volumes held

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LAWRENCE — The American Library Association has listed the University of Kansas Libraries as one of the top 50 libraries in the nation by volumes held.

KU Libraries is ranked 47th among all U.S. libraries and 25th among public universities in the United States with 4,235,542 total cataloged items available to patrons.

“We’re pleased with the designation,” said Lorraine Haricombe, dean of KU Libraries. “The number of volumes we hold reflects deep collections of world-class materials that enhance the quality of scholarship here at KU. An even more important measure of our success is the number of students, faculty, and community members we serve — and the level of quality we achieve in both service and collections.”

KU Libraries has participated three times in the past seven years in LibQUAL+, a service quality assessment tool administered by the Association of Research Libraries, and has made steady improvements in most major service areas measured.

KU Libraries logged about 1.7 million visits last year at all locations, the equivalent of each of KU’s 30,004 enrolled students visiting 56 times. Patrons checked out 256,242 items. The majority of the items were books, but computer equipment, DVDs and other items such as maps and microforms were checked out as well.

Last year, 93,546 items were checked out by undergraduate students, 76,789 were checked out by graduate students and 34,701 were checked out by faculty.

KU Libraries’ popular Ask a Librarian service answered more than 8,000 research requests by phone, e-mail, chat/IM, text and in person. Librarians and library staff taught 20,235 participants in 1,277 instruction sessions.

In the digital realm, KU ScholarWorks, the institutional repository for research published at KU, is ranked 14th in the nation and 62nd in the world by the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the largest public research body in Spain.


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