- More than 2 million users come into the libraries each
- The Terrapin Learning Commons, opened in 2010, is a campus showcase
for technology and student learning. It accommodates the changing needs
of students by offering a technology-rich environment designed for
- Fully 75% of the collections budget is directed to purchasing
electronic resources such as databases and e-journals. The
national average for research libraries is 62 percent.
- Librarians teach more than 1,000 classes annually with
nearly 20,000 participants.
- Maryland is home to one of the nation’s most prominent collections
documenting the history of American broadcasting. Its
standouts: The Library of American Broadcasting and the National Public
Broadcasting Archives. The latter serves as the official archival repository
for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Public Broadcasting Service,
National Public Radio, and Children’s Television Workshop.
- The International Piano Archives collections comprise one
of the world’s most extensive concentrations of classical piano recordings,
books, scores, programs and related materials.
- The Gordon W. Prange Collection is the most comprehensive
collection in the world of print publications issued in Japan during the
immediate post-World War II years, 1945-1949.
- When a collection of more than 700,000 postcards is fully transferred to the
University of Maryland, the university will be the largest academic
center for postcard research in the country.
- The University Archives is the largest and most comprehensive source for
materials relating to the University of Maryland.
- DRUM now contains more than 10,000 documents, providing a
permanent and freely accessible digital home for university scholarship.