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

Image of book with collection statistics, page one text: Our Collection, Physical Volumes – 3.2 M, Ebooks – 1 M, Research Databases – 353, Electronic Journals – 190 K. Page two text: Usage, 62 K books borrowed, 600 K Ebooks downloaded, 2 M database searches, 2.9 M articles retrieved, 1 M catalog searches.
2018-2019 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 (plus emergency temporary access to 500,000 ebooks via HathiTrust)
  • 190,000 scholarly journals

Usage

  • 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.