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Library Assessment

Library rankings

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ranks McGill Library 38 out of 116 member libraries in North America. This is based on the most recent ARL Library Investment Index (2017-2018).

In the 2020 MacLean's University Rankings, released in October 2019, 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 2018-2019

Information Resources Available from the Library
Books - print (more collections figures) 2,144,199
e-Books 2,707,183
Databases 1,913
Journals - print 33,706
e-Journals 115,228
Use of Library Services
Loans (excluding renewals) 164,731
Interlibrary borrowing from other institutions 16,314
Interlibrary lending to other institutions 10,525
Total reference transactions* 78,138
Library visits (gate count)** 2.7 to 3 million
Library instruction sessions (workshops, classes) and tours 950
Participants in library instruction and tours 26,852
User seating 5,129
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.

** Estimated range based on number of visits from Census Day 2018 and gate counter data. The latter does not count multiple individuals entering McGill Library branches 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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