Collections

McGill Libraries includes millions of 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 Libraries' 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): 2,198,456
  • E-books: 4,553,074
  • E-theses (catalogued): 131,344
  • E-journals: 160,634
  • Journals (print): 43,984
  • Sound recordings (physical titles): 65,446
  • Sound recordings (e-audios): 124,398
  • Video recordings (physical titles): 22,501
  • Video recordings (e-videos): 143,080
  • Microforms: 88,600
  • Musical scores (print): 53,335
  • Musical scores (electronic): 96,869
  • Online databases: 2,061
  • Graphic materials (artworks, photographs, slides, etc): 1,263
  • Maps (print): 8,519
  • Maps (electronic): 11,207
  • Government documents
    • print: 96,147
    • electronic: 878,157
  • Other formats: 84,965
  • Total: 8,764,040 titles

Collections data from May 2023, unless otherwise indicated

Another way to look at this data

Catalogued titles (print & electronic):

Books

6,751,530

77.0%

E-theses

131,344

1.5%

Journals 204,618

2.3%

Sound recordings 189,844

2.2%

Video recordings 165,581

1.9%

Microforms 88,600

1.0%

Musical scores 150,204 1.7%

Online databases

2,061

0.02%

Graphic materials

1,263

0.01%

Maps

19,726

0.2%

Government documents

974,304

11.1%

Other formats

84,965

1.0%

Total: 8,764,040

100%

 

Total number of physical volumes/items in collection: 3,897,851

Total number of physical and electronic volumes/items in collection: 9,424,778

 

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