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.
|Information Resources Available from the Library|
|Books - print (more collections figures)||2,172,145|
|Journals - print||44,519|
|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|
|Total library personnel||201|
* 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.