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Last updated: 9/06/2013

Library Statistics
Quick Stats

All figures below are given on an annual basis, unless otherwise noted, and are for the latest year available. Some figures are for the main library in Kingston only; others include the CCE and PELL branch libraries.


Total titles in collection 1,203,441 titles Updated: 6/12
Total volumes in collection 1,744,083 volumes Updated: 6/12
Electronic books (included in total volumes) 248,194 e-books Updated: 6/12
Manuscripts & archives 16,398 linear feet Updated: 6/13


Number of print books purchased annually 5,983 books Updated: 6/12


Current print periodicals subscribed 483 titles Updated: 6/12
Current online periodicals subscribed 9,458 titles Updated: 6/12
All paid periodicals (includes back files, titles in reference databases) 33,247 titles Updated: 6/12
Total number of titles available (includes freely accessible titles) 82,968 titles Updated: 8/13

Reference databases

Number of reference databases - paid

87 databases

Updated: 6/12
Number of reference databases - unpaid

72 databases

Updated: 6/12

159 databases

Updated: 6/12

Expenditures on library materials

For one-time resources (books, e-books, one-time e-resources) $709,462 Updated: 6/12
For ongoing resources (subscriptions, annual license fees) $2,634,570 Updated: 6/12
For reference databases (included in above) $619,889 Updated: 6/12
For collection support $68,827 Updated: 6/12
Total expenditures on library materials $3,412,859 Updated: 6/12

Total library expenditures

Total library expenditures


Updated: 6/12


Hours open each week 107 hours Updated: 6/13
Gate count 584,051 visitors Updated: 6/13
Items checked out
40,447 initial circulations Updated: 6/13
Reference questions answered 13,564 questions Updated: 6/12
Presentations to groups 828 presentations Updated: 6/12
Total participants in group presentations 10,999 participants Updated: 6/12
Credit courses taught 14 sections Updated: 6/12
Students enrolled in credit courses 258 students Updated: 6/12


Number professional staff 18 FTE Updated: 6/12
Number of support staff 28 FTE Updated: 6/12
Number of student workers 29 FTE Updated: 6/12
TOTAL 75 FTE Updated: 6/12

Additional library metrics can be found in DigitalCommons@URI in the series Technical Services Reports and Statistics and University Libraries Reports and Statistics. Specifically:

For comparisons with other libraries, please see the following publications:

  • ACRL University Library Statistics, Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries (biennial) at Serial Z675 .U5 A278
  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Washington: National Center for Educational Statistics (annual) at Govt. Pub. CD-ROM ED1.334/4:. Also online at

Contact information
If you have any questions, please contact David Maslyn, Dean, University Libraries, by telephone at (401) 874-2594 or by e-mail at

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