Library Facts

Each year, we gather statistics for the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys. Here are some highlights from our last three fiscal years. Unless otherwise stated, they cover all branches of Western Michigan University Libraries.

2016-17 library Facts

Employees

In fiscal year 2016-17, the Libraries employed 23 librarians, 57 support staff and 44 student assistants to provide information services and resources for the WMU community.

Use and Services

  • Library personnel handled 7,261 research queries in person, by phone and online.
  • Librarians provided 389 instructional sessions and workshops reaching 8,307 participants.
  • Annual gate count was 634,451 with about 14,218 people coming into the Libraries in an average week in fall semester. 
  • 63,903 physical items were checked out during the year (not counting renewals).
  • WMU Libraries borrowed 8,492 items for WMU users from other libraries and lent 25,533 from our collections to other libraries.
  • The Libraries' website was visited 258,502 times.
  • WMU users retrieved 1,122,749 articles and 833,632 e-books and media items.
  • There were 1,680,876 downloads worldwide from WMU’s institutional repository (ScholarWorks). 
  • 2,125,694 pages were printed in the Libraries.

Collections

  • Physical books (titles): 1,287,149
  • Electronic books: 661,724
  • Physical subscriptions (includes titles that are no longer active): 84,887
  • Electronic subscriptions: 80,141 
  • Online databases: 699
  • Physical media titles (audio/visual): 148,933 
  • Digital media titles: 159,967
  • Items uploaded to WMU’s institutional repository: 5,102

2015-16 library Facts

Employees

In fiscal year 2015-16, the Libraries employed 79 professional and support staff and 48 student assistants to provide information services and resources for the WMU community.

Use and Services

  • Library personnel handled 7,337 research queries in person, by phone and online.
  • Librarians provided 459 instructional sessions and workshops reaching 9,985 participants.
  • Annual gate count was 507,658 with about 18,347 people coming into the Libraries in a typical week. 
  • 77,184 physical items were checked out during the year (not counting renewals).
  • WMU Libraries borrowed 10,549 items for WMU users from other libraries and lent 24,181 from our collections to other libraries.
  • The Libraries' website was visited 482,866 times.
  • WMU users retrieved 1,647,519 articles and 1,186,511 e-books and media items.
  • There were 1,174,967 downloads worldwide from WMU’s institutional repository (ScholarWorks).
  • 2,043,588 pages were printed in the Libraries.

Collections

  • Physical books (titles): 1,304,468
  • Electronic books: 668,661
  • Physical subscriptions (includes titles that are no longer active): 82,898
  • Electronic subscriptions: 81,945
  • Online databases: 738
  • Physical media titles (audio/visual): 121,313
  • Digital media titles: 176,934
  • Items uploaded to WMU’s institutional repository: 4,876

2014-15 library Facts

Employees

In fiscal year 2014-15, the Libraries employed 81 professional and support staff and 56 student assistants to provide information services and resources for the WMU community.

Use and Services

  • Library personnel handled 7,453 research queries in person, by phone and online.
  • Librarians provided 407 instructional sessions and workshops reaching 8,669 participants.
  • 73,209 physical items were checked out during the year (not counting renewals).
  • WMU Libraries borrowed 14,842 items for WMU users from other libraries and lent 22,026 from our collections to other libraries.
  • The Libraries' website was visited 378,117 times.
  • WMU users retrieved 1,055,294 articles and 690,883 e-books and media items.
  • There were 784,645 downloads worldwide from WMU’s institutional repository (ScholarWorks). 
  • 2,655,358 pages were printed in the Libraries.

Collections

  • Physical books (titles): 1,098,085
  • Electronic books: 636,543
  • Electronic subscriptions: 83,888
  • Online databases: 689
  • Physical media titles (audio/visual): 86,685
  • Digital media titles: 128,343
  • Items uploaded to WMU’s institutional repository: 15,597