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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, 2021
  Book Titles (Print)*
578,425
Excludes bound journal volumes
Book Titles (Electronic)*
641,541
 
Bound Journal Volumes
123,290
 
Journal Titles (Print)* 7,407  
Journal Titles (Electronic)*
41,788
Includes journals accessible through research databases.
Physical Media Titles*
102,727
Includes microforms, audiovisual, maps
Paid Databases
61
 
Locally Created Databases 5  
TOTAL COLLECTION
1,371,888
All items marked with an asterisk (*)
Special Collections ( as of May 1, 2022)
  Cayvan Recorded Media
18,405
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
29,584
Supports the Education Department's curriculum
Government Documents
213,542
All formats
Heritage Hall (Archives) 4,228 (cataloged volumes) / 4,892 l.ft. (archival records)  
Meeter Center for Calvin Studies 10,362  
Ministry Resource Center 13,818  
Rare Books & Journals
10,273
 
Services
  Research Inquiries
1,717
All one-on-one research encounters
Classes Taught 55 Includes class sessions in the library
Interlibrary Loan Sent
11,421
Includes MeLCat
Interlibrary Loan Received 4,163 Includes MeLCat
Circulation
103,172
Includes renewals
Ebook Usage 294,509 COUNTER BR2 only  (as of June 30, 2019)
Ejournal Usage 231,300 COUNTER JR1 (as of June 30, 2019)
Staff (FTE)
  Librarians
7.50
 
Professional and Support Staff
7.8
 
Students (FTE)
8.2
1 FTE equals 2000 hours
Other
  Study Spaces
1037
Includes tables, carrels, study rooms
Square Footage
125,000
Includes all five floors
Open Hours 83 Typical week
Gate Counts 11,095 Typical week, entrances only