Library Assessment

Library rankings

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ranks McGill Library 42nd out of 114 member libraries in North America. View ARL rankings to see how McGill Library compares to other libraries. (Based on Library Investment Index 2015-2016, the most recent.)

In the 2019 MacLean's University Rankings, released in October 2018, 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 broad range of PhD programs.


Library facts and figures 2017-2018

Information Resources Available from the Library
Books - print (more collections figures) 2,120,416
e-Books 2,391,398
Databases 1,801
Journals - print 33,744
e-Journals 109,595
Use of Library Services
Loans (excluding renewals) 179,334
Interlibrary borrowing from other institutions 16,332
Interlibrary lending to other institutions 11,259
Total reference transactions* 70,306
Library visits (gate count) 2,500,232
Library instruction sessions (workshops, classes) and tours 939
Participants in library instruction and tours 25,113
User seating 5,107
Human Resources
Total library personnel 194
  • 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.

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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