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Collections

McGill Library includes over 9 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): 2,172,145
  • E-books: 3,436,890
  • E-theses (catalogued): 112,659
  • E-journals: 129,769
  • Journals (print): 44,519
  • Sound recordings (physical titles): 71,865
  • Sound recordings (e-audios): 125,137
  • Video recordings (physical titles): 18,905
  • Video recordings (e-videos): 126,443
  • Microforms: 88,940
  • Musical scores (print): 49,152
  • Musical scores (electronic): 28,046
  • Online databases: 2,014
  • Graphic materials (artworks, photographs, slides, etc): 1,118
  • Maps (print): 8,004
  • Maps (electronic): 10,957
  • Government documents
    • print: 105,734
    • electronic: 780,804
  • Other formats: 113,751
  • Total: 7,426,852 titles

Collections data from May 2020, unless otherwise indicated

Another way to look at this data

Catalogued titles (print & electronic):

Books

5,609,035

75.5%

E-theses

112,659

1.5%

Journals 174,288

2.3%

Sound recordings 197,002

2.7%

Video recordings 145,348

2.0%

Microforms 88,940

1.2%

Musical scores 77,198 1.0%

Online databases

2,014

0.03%

Graphic materials

1,118

0.02%

Maps

18,961

0.3%

Government documents

886,538

11.9%

Other formats

113,751

1.5%

Total: 7,426,852

100%

 

Total number of physical volumes/items in collection: 3,878,543

Total number of physical and electronic volumes/items in collection: 9,209,499

 

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