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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 4. Number of academic libraries, by volumes held at end of Fiscal year, control, level, size, and Carnegie classification of institution: Fiscal year 2008

Number of libraries
Institutional characteristic Volumes held at end of year Total Number of books, serial backfiles, and other paper materials, including government documents
Less than 5,000 5,000 to 9,999 10,000 to 1,9999 20,000 to 29,999 30,000 to 49,999 50,000 to 99,999 100,000 to 249,999 250,000 to 499,999 500,000 to 999,999 1,000,000 or more
 
All U.S. academic libraries 1,052,531,290 3,827   657 191 238 213 466 665 709 280 182 226
                           
Control                           
Public  634,628,677 1,576   33 49 94 124 267 377 217 141 115 159
Private  417,902,613 2,251   624 142 144 89 199 288 492 139 67 67
                           
Level1                           
Total 4-year and above  995,603,669 2,393   251 110 116 87 205 341 604 274 179 226
Doctorís  745,363,343 721   22 10 14 15 45 62 156 101 85 211
Masterís  178,895,540 911   55 37 39 24 63 150 329 133 70 11
Bachelorís  68,168,300 730   174 61 58 46 92 124 111 36 24 4
Less than 4-year  56,927,621 1,434   406 81 122 126 261 324 105 6 3 0
                           
Size (FTE enrollment)2                           
Less than 1,000  60,279,904 1,455   564 122 143 87 186 185 143 22 1 2
1,000 to 2,999  138,826,826 1,136   77 53 74 98 176 219 317 80 36 6
3,000 to 4,999  75,234,526 475   6 12 17 28 72 129 114 71 23 3
5,000 to 9,999  156,441,807 405   4 2 4 0 29 101 76 89 71 29
10,000 to 19,999  249,255,851 238   4 1 0 0 3 30 52 14 45 89
20,000 or more  372,492,376 118   2 1 0 0 0 1 7 4 6 97
                           
Carnegie classification1                           
Doctoral/Research  623,013,219 275   5 0 1 3 2 4 15 23 33 189
Master's I and II  200,182,855 603   8 7 0 6 14 68 224 150 99 27
Baccalaureate  115,061,778 557   7 4 15 11 26 133 245 64 43 9
Baccalaureate/Associates  4,298,097 96   22 21 6 8 9 21 8 0 1 0
Associates  60,802,800 1,474   387 98 120 129 275 340 113 9 3 0
Specialized  47,246,280 645   95 46 86 52 135 94 99 34 3 1
Not classified  1,926,261 177   133 15 10 4 5 5 5 0 0 0
1 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.
2 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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