Library Facts 2019-20

Each year, we gather statistics for the Association of College and Research Libraries and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys. Here are some highlights from our 2019-20 fiscal year.


  • 597,958 annual gate count

  • 1,238,585 physical books

  • 1,495,888 articles retrieved

Library facts


The Libraries employed 28 librarians, 50 support staff and 18 student assistants to provide information services and resources for the WMU community.

Use and services

  • Library personnel handled 26,217 research queries in person, by phone and online.
  • Librarians provided 511 instructional sessions and workshops reaching 11,231 participants.
  • Annual gate count was 597,958 with about 13,400 people coming into the Libraries in an average week in Fall semester.
  • 30,774 physical items were checked out during the year (not counting renewals).
  • WMU Libraries borrowed 7,078 items for WMU users from other libraries and lent 18,163 from our collections to other libraries.
  • The Libraries' website was visited 152,186 times.
  • WMU users retrieved 1,495,888 articles and 1,627,235 e-books and media items.
  • There were 1,870,129 downloads worldwide from WMU’s institutional repository (ScholarWorks). 
  • 1,518,950 pages were printed in the Libraries.


  • Physical books (titles): 1,238,585
  • Electronic books: 1,174,219
  • Physical subscriptions (includes titles that are no longer active): 142,387
  • Electronic subscriptions: 142,705
  • Online databases: 741
  • Physical media titles (audio/visual): 143,047 
  • Digital media titles: 198,708
  • Items uploaded to WMU’s institutional repository: 43,640

Unless otherwise stated, these statistics cover all branches of Western Michigan University Libraries.