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A Statistical Profile of the WSU Library System

These statistics - unless otherwise indicated - cover the operations in the WSU Library System: the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Oakland Center Library, Purdy/Kresge Library, Shiffman Medical Library, and the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The figures marked with a red dagger () cover the Walter P. Reuther Library.

The University Libraries offer varied space for study and learning suitable for both individual and group use. These spaces include more than 4,239 seats and 49 group study rooms. Wireless network access and some 549 computer workstations are available to WSU students and faculty in these areas. To facilitate formal instruction, the University Libraries also maintain six instruction labs containing 185 computer workstations.

The Undergraduate Library alone provides 2,337 seats, 27 group study rooms, 371 computer workstations, and 3 instruction labs. The Undergraduate Library also contains the DeRoy Extended Study Center providing 24-hour access to 140 standard workstations as well as 30 high-end work stations with specialized software. The Extended Study Center’s hours are generally from 11a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Library Staff & Services 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Total Library Staff (Full Time Equivalent) 260 257 220 211 207
Professional Staff (FTE) 110 99 92 99 97
Support Staff (FTE) 82 89 54 42 40
Student Assistants (FTE) 68 69 74 70 70
Gate Counts 2,278,025 2,216,905 1,950,782 1,789,510 1,247,989
Total Number of Reference Transactions (in person, virtual, and telephone) 41,318 40,442 38,630 30,067 22,255
Number of Virtual Reference Transactions 3,180 2,698 2,451 2,953 2,314
Number of Library Instruction Sessions 452 385 389 347 322
Number of Participants in Library Instruction Sessions 9,909 8,788 8,046 7,718 6,604
Number of Initial Circulations, excluding reserves 87,110 72,237 58,421 45,812 34,160
Number of Initial Reserves Circulations 58,337 57,597 56,776 49,648 38,829
Number of Interlibrary Loan Items Provided to WSU Students and Faculty 38,508 37,801 37,286 33,830 31,054
Number of Interlibrary Loan Items Provided to Other Libraries 53,337 38,919 29,415 27,530 25,048
Library Collections 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Volumes in the Collection at the End of the Fiscal Year 3,705,644 4,029,593 3,421,672 2,831,835 2,976,886
Number of Electronic Books 360,223 699,369 818,647 819,540 927,462
Unique Titles held at the end of the year 2,159,995 2,275,613 2,196,018 2,491,403 2,583,935
Total Expenditures on Library Materials $8,601,311 $9,014,339 $9,257,994 $9,410,721 $9,463,490
Monographs and other one-time purchases $329,159 $866,993 $874,512 $669,911 $520,680
Ongoing purchases: Serials including Periodicals $6,368,917 $6,304,815 $8,052,696 $8,499,871 $8,724,568
Collection Support: Other Library Materials $1,777,794 $1,662,066 $330,786 $240,939 $218,242
Miscellaneous $125,441 $180,465 $0 $0 $0
Use of Online Resources 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Number of Searches Performed in Library Databases 3,245,546 3,621,677 4,470,395 3,923,482 3,295,017
Number of Federated Searches Performed in Library Databases N/A N/A 313,837 3,075,653 2,527,284
Number of Full-Text Articles Viewed 2,462,988 2,336,918 2,246,276 1,963,283 2,819,624
Number of Sources of Full-Text Articles Providing Counts 57,390 65,121 43,499 44,294 48,099
Library Expenditures 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Total Library Expenditures $20,806,975 $20,525,392 $19,541,609 $19,647,678 $19,162,913
Total Library materials $8,601,311 $9,014,339 $9,257,994 $9,410,721 $9,463,490
Total Salaries and wages $9,258,816 $9,035,539 $7,982,128 $8,287,860 $7,744,786
Other operating expenditures $2,946,848 $2,475,514 $2,301,487 $1,949,097 $1,954,637

Much of the information on this page is drawn from the statistics WSU Libraries submit annually to the Association of Research Libraries. Our full response to the ARL Statistical Survey from 1986 to present may be found here: wsu_libraries_arl_data_1986_2014.xlsx

The Association of Research Libraries Statistics collects data on the collections, expenditures, staffing, and services at the 115 largest research libraries in North America stretching back to 1962. The published editions of the ARL Annual Statistics from 1969 onward are available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/arlstats/preveds.shtml.