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General Collections

The collections of the University Libraries are a valuable state asset that support research, teaching and learning at the University of Maryland.

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)
  • E-journals: 17,000
  • E-books:  2.59 million
  • Databases: 352 +

Over 85 percent of our collections are purchased in electronic form. The national average for research libraries is 62 percent.

Increasingly print-based collections are supplemented by online libraries such as the HathiTrust, a partnership of more than 50 major research institutions and libraries creating a shared digital library to preserve the cultural record and make it accessible.

In addition to print and electronic resources, the Libraries’ collection includes over 25,000 media items in DVD, VHS, and older formats including 16mm film and U-Matic and Films@UM -  the University of Maryland's own streaming video collection. Films@UM is part of Digital Collections with over 800 digital films and covers a variety of subjects. These include documentaries, public television performances, taped performances, and feature films. There are also many streaming video collections available.