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Library at a Glance

Presented here are key library facts and figures, collected to present a quick overview of the scale and scope of the library's and university's operations.


Volumes held

Over 11 million

Volumes added 11-12

160,000

Current serials

Over 100,000

Number of square feet

Over one million

Library hours during finals

24 hours a day

Number of PhDs awarded by UC Berkeley in 2012

Almost 900

Number of fields in which PhDs can be awarded

101

Number of languages taught at Cal

53, including Romanian, Swahili, and Tagalog

Number of languages represented in the collections

Over 400

Subject specialty and affiliated libraries

24

Circulation transactions per year

Almost 2 million

UCB Library cardholders

Over 100,000

Undergraduates at Cal (Fall 2011)

26,000

Graduate students (Fall 2011)

Over 10,000

Faculty (full-time)

Over 1500

Gifts to the Library FY 2011-12

$6.4 million

Total reference transactions per year

55,000

Visits to library websites per year (all documents)

20 million

Instructional sessions per year

Over 1500

Staff employees

350

Student employees

600



Many estimates are based on UC Library statistics issued by UCOP, and on UC Berkeley library statistics reported to the Association of Research Libraries and to the Association of College and Research Libraries. Contact us with questions or for more information.

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