Collections

McGill Library 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 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): 2,165,010
  • E-books: 4,415,758
  • E-theses (catalogued): 126,948
  • E-journals: 153,028
  • Journals (print): 57,799
  • Sound recordings (physical titles): 72,530
  • Sound recordings (e-audios): 135,625
  • Video recordings (physical titles): 18,924
  • Video recordings (e-videos): 177,080
  • Microforms: 91,414
  • Musical scores (print): 49,561
  • Musical scores (electronic): 96,968
  • Online databases: 2,034
  • Graphic materials (artworks, photographs, slides, etc): 1,120
  • Maps (print): 8,034
  • Maps (electronic): 11,168
  • Government documents
    • print: 96,497
    • electronic: 811,430
  • Other formats: 80,241
  • Total: 8,571,169 titles

Collections data from May 2021, unless otherwise indicated

Another way to look at this data

Catalogued titles (print & electronic):

Books

6,580,768

76.8%

E-theses

126,948

1.5%

Journals 210,827

2.5%

Sound recordings 208,155

2.4%

Video recordings 196,004

2.3%

Microforms 91,414

1.1%

Musical scores 146,529 1.7%

Online databases

2,034

0.02%

Graphic materials

1,120

0.01%

Maps

19,202

0.2%

Government documents

907,927

10.6%

Other formats

80,241

0.9%

Total: 8,571,169

100%

 

Total number of physical volumes/items in collection: 3,864,959

 

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