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Collections

McGill Library includes over 7.5 million volumes/items in its collections. Many printed books and journals are available but the number of e-journals and e-books has increased dramatically. Almost all items held are listed in the Library's online catalogue. Materials are arranged on the shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification system.

These are the numbers for titles that are catalogued in the collection:

  • Books (print): 2,144,199
  • E-books: 2,707,183
  • E-theses (catalogued): 105,604
  • E-journals: 115,228
  • Journals (print): 33,706
  • Sound recordings (physical titles): 71,527
  • Sound recordings (e-audios): 116,248
  • Video recordings (physical titles): 19,655
  • Video recordings (e-videos): 113,512
  • Microforms: 97,284
  • Musical scores (print): 47,892
  • Musical scores (electronic): 26,878
  • Online databases: 1,913
  • Graphic materials (artworks, photographs, slides, etc): 3,251
  • Maps (print): 7,794
  • Maps (electronic): 10,523
  • Government documents
    • print: 97,736
    • electronic: 602,383

Collections data from June 2019, unless otherwise indicated

Another way to look at this data

Catalogued titles (print & electronic):

Books

4,851,382

Journals 

148,934

Music scores

74,770

Sound recordings

187,775

Video recordings

133,167

Microfilms

97,284

Graphic materials

3,251

Other

196,560

Total:

5,693,123

 

Total number of physical volumes/items in collection: 3,859,855

Total number of physical and electronic volumes/items in collection: 7,526,391

 

 

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