Association of Research Libraries Rankings of Campus Libraries, UC and Comparison Institutions, 2005 to 2008
|U of Illinois||7||16||13||18|
|U of Michigan||5||7||6||7|
|SUNY at Buffalo||63||62||65||70|
|U of Virginia||22||19||24||24|
The UC campuses house more than 100 libraries, collectively representing the largest research/academic library in the world with more than 36 million volumes. The UC libraries have one of the world's largest collections of digital materials, including 36,000 electronic journals licensed cooperatively through UC's California Digital Library.
Each year, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) calculates a "Library Investment Index" that summarizes the relative size of libraries among its members. The variables used to calculate the ARL Index are determined by factor analysis and include expenditures and number of professional and library support staff.
The ARL rankings are limited in that they do not measure a library's services, quality of collections or its success in meeting the needs of users. They also do not account for the transformative effect of membership in a consortium. Scholars at any UC campus can and do access the libraries of all the other UC campuses through online access to many resources, as well as through interlibrary loan.
Source: Association of Research Libraries. Additional information can be found at: http://www.arl.org.
Missing values represent institutions that were not ARL members.
The ARL is a membership organization of 124 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the U.S. and Canada that share similar missions, aspirations, and achievements. Seven UC campuses are members; three (Merced, San Francisco and Santa Cruz) are not.
You may view or download a table of the raw data used to generate these charts in CSV files, which can be opened in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel or OpenOffice.