May 28, 2022

Statistics: University of Illinois: “University Library Sees Less Physical Borrowing, More Online Usage”

Note: The article takes a look at statistics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) University Library.

From The Daily Illini:

Last year marked the lowest amount of physical checkouts from University libraries in the past decade, but Susan Searing, associate University librarian for user services, is confident in the library’s ability to embrace new technology.


In 2014, the library counted over 5.2 million “successful full-text article requests” from their online database, surpassing the 446,722 physical book checkouts recorded last year, according to Searing.

About 75 percent of the library’s budget is now spent on digital content and for the past decade it has been highly involved in digitizing older materials.


Last year the amount of students using library facilities increased by 1 percent. Prior to 2014, the number of students entering University libraries had been decreasing.

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See Also: UIUC University Library Unit Annual Reports (FY 2014)

See Also: UIUC University Library Web Site

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