Library Assessment


Library rankings

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) ranks McGill Library 35th out of 115 member libraries in North America. View ARL rankings and The Chronicle of Higher Education to see how McGill Library compares to other libraries. (Based on Library Investment Index 2013-2014, the most recent.)

In the 2015 MacLean's University Rankings, released in October 2014, McGill Library ranked 1st in the percentage of the budget devoted to library services in the medical-doctoral category, which includes 15 Canadian universities with medical schools and a broad range of PhD programs.

In the Globe and Mail University Report Card 2012 Library Rankings, McGill Library scored an A- (the highest grade awarded) in the large university category.


Library facts and figures 2014-2015

Information Resources Available from the Library
Print volumes (more collections figures) 3,618081
e-Books 2,194,601
Databases 1,342
Digital objects 210,673
Use of Library Services
Loans 225,879
Interlibrary borrowing from other institutions 12,547
Interlibrary lending to other institutions 10,556
Total reference transactions* 54,175
  • Reference consultations (individual appointments)*
  • Chat reference transactions
Visits to the Library website 2,044,154
Searches in the Library catalogues (Classic and WorldCat)  
Logins to computer workstations in libraries 459,230
Library visits (gate count) 2,364,203
Library instruction sessions (workshops, classes) 555
Participants in library instruction 18,136
Library tours 62
Participants in library tours 1,223
User seating 4,654
  • Computer workstations
  • Bookable carrels (for graduate students)
Group study rooms 29
Human Resources
Total library personnel 185
  • Professional staff
  • Support staff and casual employees

* Value is an estimate based on sampling three weeks a year.

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

View the annual reports for McGill Library for previous years.


Space allocation 2013-2014

Space allocation in McGill Library 2013 - 2014

Library budget allocation 2013-2014

McGill Library budget allocation 2013 - 2014

Locations of McGill librarian and staff presentations

Screenshot of map of presentations by McGill librarians and Library staffCities visited and conferences/meetings at which McGill University librarians and staff presented papers, posters, keynote lectures, and workshops for 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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