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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 1. Total circulation, interlibrary loan transactions, and documents received from commercial services at academic libraries, by control, level, size, and Carnegie classification of institution: Fiscal year 2008


Total number of libraries Circulation Interlibrary loan transactions and documents received from commercial services
General collection Reserve collection Loans provided to other libraries Loans and documents received
Total Returnable Non- returnable1 Total Returnable Non- returnable From commercial services2
Institutional characteristic      
All U.S. academic libraries  3,827   138,102,762 40,663,408   11,095,168 6,722,510 4,372,658   10,695,342 5,535,056 4,224,658 935,628
                           
Control                           
Public  1,576   88,140,474 27,745,430   6,969,185 4,055,965 2,913,220   6,386,661 3,212,660 2,609,690 564,311
Private  2,251   49,962,288 12,917,978   4,125,983 2,666,545 1,459,438   4,308,681 2,322,396 1,614,968 371,317
                           
Level3                           
Total 4-year and above  2,393   120,659,016 34,858,810   10,224,099 5,906,554 4,317,545   9,590,300 4,983,340 4,145,816 461,144
Doctor's  721   88,575,059 24,553,121   7,672,219 4,126,298 3,545,921   6,948,306 3,479,113 3,116,616 352,577
Master's  911   21,614,197 6,788,944   1,833,711 1,249,443 584,268   1,920,870 1,051,301 773,188 96,381
Bachelor's  730   10,167,574 3,333,073   646,045 477,095 168,950   696,503 433,742 250,931 11,830
Less than 4-year  1,434   17,443,746 5,804,598   871,069 815,956 55,113   1,105,042 551,716 78,842 474,484
                           
Size (FTE enrollment)4                           
Less than 1,000  1,455   7,254,621 1,309,653   478,677 319,192 159,485   433,184 234,577 164,209 34,398
1,000 to 2,999  1,136   19,700,007 6,072,357   1,733,162 1,186,090 547,072   2,075,379 1,024,631 629,254 421,494
3,000 to 4,999  475   11,348,108 3,802,823   1,004,578 737,372 267,206   1,250,549 570,980 345,551 334,018
5,000 to 9,999  405   17,603,179 7,147,469   1,606,989 1,011,634 595,355   1,466,773 805,270 638,360 23,143
10,000 to 19,999  238   30,324,749 10,941,609   2,366,472 1,370,518 995,954   2,271,595 1,197,314 1,014,968 59,313
20,000 or more  118   51,872,098 11,389,497   3,905,290 2,097,704 1,807,586   3,197,862 1,702,284 1,432,316 63,262
                           
Carnegie classification3                           
Doctoral/Research  275   73,067,019 19,929,179   6,193,270 3,333,160 2,860,110   5,478,954 2,836,010 2,391,647 251,297
Master's I and II  603   23,803,770 7,856,874   2,055,420 1,279,380 776,040   2,249,835 1,077,664 1,019,840 152,331
Baccalaureate  557   13,877,587 4,774,230   1,300,092 988,402 311,690   1,338,889 871,651 444,607 22,631
Baccalaureate/Associates  96   951,931 270,388   50,998 45,988 5,010   46,598 35,222 11,356 20
Associates  1,474   18,788,529 6,056,288   905,467 842,863 62,604   1,128,355 564,219 82,151 481,985
Specialized  645   7,337,352 1,712,195   579,703 227,666 352,037   435,868 142,510 266,072 27,286
Not classified  177   276,574 64,254   10,218 5,051 5,167   16,843 7,780 8,985 78
1 "Non-returnables" refers to materials that the supplier/lending library does not expect to have returned. Examples of non-returnables include photocopies or facsimiles, fiche-to-fiche copies, print copies from microfilm, electronic full-text documents, and gratis print copies of unpublished reports and/or departmental working papers.
2 "Documents delivered from commercial services" refers to all documents from commercial document delivery services received by the library's users. This includes all transactions that the library pays for, even if library staff is not involved in the transaction.
3 While "level" and "Carnegie classification" are similar, there is not complete overlap in the two classifications. "Level" refers to the highest level of any degree offered by the institution. The "Carnegie classification" is based on criteria such as institutional mission and research funding in addition to highest level of degree awarded. The Carnegie classification was developed by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and published in A Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, 2005 Edition.
4 Full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment is calculated by adding one-third of part-time enrollment to full-time enrollment.
NOTE: The number of doctoral, master's, and bachelor's level institutions does not sum to the total number of 4-year and above institutions because there are 4-year and above institutions that grant "other" degrees and are thus not included in the breakdown.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Academic Libraries Survey (ALS), 2008.


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