As the top-ranked university library in its category for number of holdings per student, the Library's collections compare favourably with the very top Canadian research libraries. University investment in acquisitions, combined with the power of consortial purchasing of digital information resources through the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL-Scholars Portal), have contributed to a dramatic expansion of the Library's collections during the past decade.
As of May 1, 2008, the Library's collections are comprised of:
- over 2.2 million physical items, including:
- 1.65 million monographs
- 52,000 serial titles
- 355,000 microforms
- over 400,000 electronic resources, including:
- 324,000 e-books
- 80,000 serial titles
- 625 databases
Subject liaison librarians work with faculty to ensure that the library's collections support both the research and curriculum needs of departments and faculties at Queen's. More information about the Library's collection development program.
The W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library represents an especially rich and diverse research resource, containing a wide range of rare and valuable materials acquired either through purchase or donation since 1840.
Last Updated: 30 January 2013