ALA

The Nation's Largest Libraries

A listing by volumes held

ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 22

This fact sheet lists the top 100 largest libraries in the United States by volumes held.

Number Source Institution Volumes Held
1 L Library of Congress 30,011,748
2 A Harvard University  15,555,533
3 P Boston Public Library 15,458,022
4 A Yale University  12,025,695
5 A University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign  10,370,777
6 P County of Los Angeles Public Library 10,117,319
7 A University of California - Berkeley  9,985,905
8 A Columbia University  9,277,042
9 P Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County 9,148,846
10 A University of Texas - Austin 8,937,002
11 S Stanford University  8,200,000
12 A University of Michigan  8,133,917
13 A University of California - Los Angeles  8,064,896
14 A University of Wisconsin - Madison  7,911,834
15 A Cornell University  7,644,371
16 P Detroit Public Library 7,572,562
17 A University of Chicago  7,363,549
18 A Indiana University  7,241,929
19 A University of Washington 6,639,850
20 A University of Minnesota  6,587,430
21 P Queens Borough Public Library 6,557,823
22 A Princeton University  6,495,597
23 P Los Angeles Public Library 6,393,429
24 P Free Library of Philadelphia 6,307,978
25 A Ohio State University  5,936,434
26 P Chicago Public Library 5,891,661
27 P New York Public Library 5,879,441
28 A University of Pennsylvania  5,760,065
29 A University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill  5,710,686
30 A Duke University  5,560,966
31 A University of Arizona  5,340,726
32 A University of Virginia  5,053,162
33 A Pennsylvania State University Libraries 5,031,196
34 A New York University  4,939,724
36 A Michigan State University  4,830,861
37 A University of Oklahoma  4,796,089
38 A University of Pittsburgh  4,786,175
35 B Brooklyn Public Library 4,630,323
39 A Northwestern University Library  4,603,824
40 A University of Iowa  4,551,217
41 P San Diego Public Library 4,514,228
42 P Dallas Public Library 4,199,655
43 A University of Georgia  4,179,316
44 A Rutgers University  4,169,347
45 A Arizona State University Libraries 4,156,732
46 P Miami-Dade Public Library System 4,142,711
47 A University of Florida  4,137,528
48 A University of Kansas  4,121,573
49 P Cleveland Public Library 4,107,112
50 P Houston Public Library 4,060,443
51 A University of Southern California  3,921,704
52 A Washington University - St. Louis 3,694,504
53 A Johns Hopkins University  3,648,821
54 A Brigham Young University  3,621,577
55 A University of Rochester  3,564,683
56 A University of Colorado  3,554,826
57 A North Carolina State University  3,530,949
58 A Brown University  3,509,710
59 A University of California - Davis  3,490,356
60 A University of South Carolina  3,478,256
61 P Hawaii State Public Library System 3,452,240
62 P Mid-Continent Public Library 3,448,146
63 A Texas A&M University Libraries 3,437,376
64 A University of Hawaii 3,410,468
65 A Louisiana State University  3,406,434
66 A State University of New York - Buffalo  3,390,583
67 A Wayne State University  3,383,826
68 P King County Library System 3,372,574
69 P St. Louis Public Library 3,364,996
70 P Broward County Libraries Division 3,351,668
71 P Cuyahoga County Public Library 3,316,816
72 A University of Kentucky  3,286,731
73 A University of Maryland  3,259,600
74 A University of Missouri - Columbia  3,249,783
75 A University of Connecticut  3,247,976
76 P Buffalo & Erie County Public Library 3,236,363
77 A University of Utah  3,230,854
78 A University of Massachusetts  3,204,025
79 A University of Notre Dame  3,185,926
80 A Syracuse University  3,161,529
81 A University of California - San Diego  3,149,836
82 A University of Cincinnati Libraries 3,123,318
83 A Emory University  3,107,525
84 A Vanderbilt University  3,056,707
85 A Temple University  3,016,007
86 A Southern Illinois University - Carbondale  2,999,736
87 P Minneapolis Public Library 2,986,326
88 A University of Tennessee - Knoxville 2,971,837
89 P Milwaukee Public Library 2,960,818
90 A University of Nebraska - Lincoln  2,942,946
91 A Auburn University  2,918,859
92 P Toledo-Lucas County Public Library 2,917,835
93 P Enoch Pratt Free Library 2,903,223
94 A Florida State University Library 2,889,810
95 P St. Louis County Library District 2,846,307
96 A University of California - Santa Barbara  2,837,752
97 P Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library 2,819,837
98 A Massachusetts Institute of Technology  2,782,406
99 P Columbus Metropolitan Library 2,719,477
100 A Kent State University Libraries 2,715,986

Sources

L=Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress for the Fiscal Year Ending September 30, 2005 (not yet available online). Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 2006. See Appendix L.Statistical Tables, Table 5.Additions to the Collection--Items, Total Print Collections (page 223). Member of ARL (Association of Research Libraries <http://www.arl.org>).

A=ARL Statistics 2004-05: A Compilation of Statistics from the One Hundred and Twenty-Three Members of the Association of Research Libraries (Compiled And Edited by Martha Kyrillidou and Mark Young). See the report, which is available as an Adobe Reader PDF file at the ARL web site for more information.

P=Public Library Data Service Statistical Report 2006. Chicago: Public Library Association (PLA, a division of the American Library Association <http://www.ala.org/pla>), 2006. See the PLDS Statistical Report web page for more information.

S=Stanford Facts 2006: Stanford Libraries. Former member of ARL.

B=Direct communication from the Brooklyn Public Library.


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December 2006


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