Collections

McGill Library includes over 6 million volumes/items in its collections. Many printed books and journals are available but the number of e-journals and e-books has increased dramatically. Almost all items held are listed in the Library's online catalogue. Materials are arranged on the shelves according to the Library of Congress Classification system.

These are the numbers for titles that are catalogued?in the collection:

  • Books (print): 2,102,716
  • E-books:?2,311,938?
  • E-theses (catalogued):?88,325
  • E-journals: 101,596
  • Journals (print): 33,836
  • Sound recordings (physical titles): 69,132
  • Sound recordings (e-audios): 90,989
  • Video recordings (physical titles): 21,165
  • Video recordings (e-videos): 34,353
  • Microforms: 99,091
  • Musical scores (print): 45,914
  • Musical scores (electronic): 25,372
  • Online databases: 1,467
  • Graphic materials (artworks,?photographs, slides, etc): 5,962
  • Maps (print): 7,264
  • Maps (electronic): 10,834?
  • Government documents
    • print: 182,166
    • electronic: 490,721

Collections data from May 2017, unless otherwise indicated

Another way to look at this data

Catalogued titles (print & electronic):

Books

4,414,654

Journals?

142,336

Music scores

71.286

Sound recordings

156,664

Video recordings

53,030

Microfilms

99,091

Graphic materials

5,962

Total:

5,147,158

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Total number of physical volumes/items in collection:?3,970,930

Total number of physical and electronic volumes/items in collection: 6,542,277

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