About Our Collections

The UConn Library develops, stewards, and disseminates scholarly and distinctive collections that support the research and learning needs of the UConn community and scholars worldwide. We also hold the most comprehensive public research collection in the state of Connecticut.

By the Numbers

Graphic of a book on a background with icons of books, lightbulbs, and gears. The text on the pages of the book has statistics about the Library, they are Physical Volumes: 3.2M Ebooks: 1M Databases: 500 Ejournals: 200K 49K books borrowed 450K ebooks downloaded 2.8M database searches 2.3M articles retrieved 1M catalog searches
2020 Collections Statistics

  • 3.2 million physical volumes (including 1.7 million books, and 140,000 audio-visual materials)
  • 1,200 archival and manuscript collections
  • 210,000 rare books
  • 1 million digital images of unique materials
  • 353 research databases
  • 1 million ebooks
  • 190,000 scholarly journals


  • 2.9 million article views or downloads
  • 2 million database searches
  • 1 million catalog searches
  • 62,000 print books borrowed
  • 600,000 ebooks and book chapters downloaded

How to Access 

Collection Development 

We are committed to developing responsive, user-center collections and seek innovative ways to share and disseminate the research of UConn. This includes creating partnerships with other libraries and consortia to share resources, negotiating with publishers, and preserving the scholarly record.  Our unique and distinctive collections advance teaching and scholarship across the University and stimulate the broader scholarly world.

Learn how we develop and steward the Library's collections.


We report our statistics every year to the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the US Department of Education, which publishes IPEDS higher education data.