Collections

McGill Library includes over 6.5 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): 2,120,416
  • E-books: 2,391,398
  • E-theses (catalogued): 97,680
  • E-journals: 109,595
  • Journals (print): 33,744
  • Sound recordings (physical titles): 70,849
  • Sound recordings (e-audios): 102,132
  • Video recordings (physical titles): 20,582
  • Video recordings (e-videos): 61,489
  • Microforms: 98,668
  • Musical scores (print): 47,298
  • Musical scores (electronic): 25,644
  • Online databases: 1,801
  • Graphic materials (artworks, photographs, slides, etc): 4,125
  • Maps (print): 7,449
  • Maps (electronic): 10,030
  • Government documents
    • print: 101,740
    • electronic: 563,337

Collections data from June 2018, unless otherwise indicated

Another way to look at this data

Catalogued titles (print & electronic):

Books

4,511,814

Journals 

143,339

Music scores

72,942

Sound recordings

172,981

Video recordings

82,071

Microfilms

98,668

Graphic materials

4,125

Other

184,412

Total:

5,270,352

 

Total number of physical volumes/items in collection: 3,841,296

Total number of physical and electronic volumes/items in collection: 6,749,802

 

 

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