Library Assessment

Library rankings

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ranks McGill Library 47 out of 116 member libraries in North America. This is based on the most recent ARL Library Investment Index (2018-2019).

In the 2021 MacLean's University Rankings, released in October 2020, McGill Library ranked 1st in the percentage of its budget devoted to library collections in the medical-doctoral category, which includes 15 Canadian universities with medical schools and a wide range of doctoral programs.


Library facts and figures 2019-2020

Information Resources Available from the Library
Books - print (more collections figures) 2,172,145
e-Books 3,436,890
Databases 2,014
Journals - print 44,519
e-Journals 129,769
Use of Library Services
Loans (excluding renewals) 119,018
Interlibrary borrowing from other institutions 13,342
Interlibrary lending to other institutions 10,379
Total reference transactions* 66,819
Library visits (gate count)** 2.5 million
Library instruction sessions (workshops, classes) and tours 970
Participants in library instruction and tours 30,409
User seating 5,091
Human Resources
Total library personnel 201
  • Other professional staff
  • Support staff and casual employees

* This value consists of an estimate based on sampling the number of reference transactions three weeks a year and also includes all chat reference transactions for the year.

** Estimate based on number of visits from the Fall 2018 and Fall 2019 census days conducted in McGill Library branches and gate counter data. The latter does not count multiple individuals entering a McGill Library branch simultaneously.

Note that all figures represent both the downtown and Macdonald campuses.

View the annual reports for McGill Library for previous years.

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