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Academic Libraries: 2008
NCES 2010-348
December 2009


Table 5. Number of volumes, units, and subscriptions held at the end of the Fiscal year at academic libraries, by control, level, size, and Carnegie classification of institution: Fiscal year 2008

Institutional characteristic Total number of libraries Books, serial backfiles, and other paper materials, including government documents
E-books Microform units Current serial subscriptions Audiovisual materials units Electronic reference sources and aggregation services1
All U.S. academic libraries  3,827 1,052,531,290 102,502,182 1,157,364,947 25,342,205 110,092,234 3,569,348
               
Control               
Public  1,576 634,628,677 55,679,674 789,995,608 13,708,953 76,234,370 1,843,054
Private  2,251 417,902,613 46,822,508 367,369,339 11,633,252 33,857,864 1,726,294
               
Level2               
Total 4-year and above  2,393 995,603,669 87,538,635 1,131,982,277 23,669,528 105,356,658 3,215,521
Doctor's  721 745,363,343 56,039,252 859,056,049 15,228,254 89,679,424 1,646,622
Master's  911 178,895,540 17,594,748 233,684,587 5,783,511 11,703,946 1,015,628
Bachelor's  730 68,168,300 13,700,676 28,940,791 2,502,846 3,901,858 548,229
Less than 4-year  1,434 56,927,621 14,963,547 25,382,670 1,672,677 4,735,576 353,827
               
Size (FTE enrollment)3               
Less than 1,000  1,455 60,279,904 10,345,875 29,379,158 2,082,316 3,965,256 879,339
1,000 to 2,999  1,136 138,826,826 22,950,420 105,514,213 5,199,958 9,253,677 775,836
3,000 to 4,999  475 75,234,526 9,400,889 84,308,569 2,322,184 4,808,459 279,395
5,000 to 9,999  405 156,441,807 12,826,118 207,402,717 4,705,241 8,210,159 503,846
10,000 to 19,999  238 249,255,851 20,137,841 290,672,409 5,547,907 26,077,552 678,664
20,000 or more  118 372,492,376 26,841,039 440,087,881 5,484,599 57,777,131 452,268
               
Carnegie classification2               
Doctoral/Research  275 623,013,219 46,340,847 721,532,418 11,369,376 84,037,171 1,099,341
Master's I and II  603 200,182,855 16,612,056 310,677,542 6,478,553 9,184,590 929,094
Baccalaureate  557 115,061,778 16,441,390 69,615,341 3,462,009 5,981,484 581,095
Baccalaureate/Associates  96 4,298,097 1,300,641 2,158,114 330,369 389,977 34,929
Associates  1,474 60,802,800 16,975,721 26,543,089 1,843,909 5,044,979 338,606
Specialized  645 47,246,280 4,256,365 26,551,477 1,653,077 5,382,445 347,744
Not classified  177 1,926,261 575,162 286,966 204,912 71,588 238,539
1 "Electronic reference sources, and aggregation services" include citation indexes and abstracts; full-text reference sources (e.g., encyclopedias, almanacs, biographical and statistical sources and other quick fact-finding sources); full-text journal and periodical article collection services (e.g., EBSCOhost, ProQuest, Academic Universe, and INFOTRAC OneFile); dissertation and conference proceedings databases. Licensed electronic resources also include those databases that institutions mount locally.
2 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.
3 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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