As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University Libraries serve 37,000 students and faculty of the flagship College Park campus.
The eight-library system is a key academic resource that supports the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. With annual expenses that exceed $28.3 million, the University Libraries rank 44th among the 114 members of the Association of Research Libraries, according to the association's investment index.
Collections vary in format, and include materials owned by the University Libraries as well as those licensed for the academic community.
- Volumes: 4.65 million (includes electronic books)
- Print volumes in McKeldin: 1.2 million
- E-journals: 17,000
- E-books: 2.59 million
- Databases: 352 +
The University Libraries also belong to the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions, a 16-member consortium with a strong tradition of resource-sharing and a common library software system to manage collections and transactions.