Library by the Numbers

At-a-glance look at resources, people, spaces, and student engagement, at the Grand Valley State University Libraries.

Data is for the 2015-2016 Academic Year.


  • eBooks 1,035,536
  • Print Books 444,124
  • Journals 68,744
  • ScholarWorks 10,342
  • DVD & VHS 6,642
  • Floppy Disks 199

Language translations of Harry Potter Ten

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish.

95,739 physical items borrowed

Number of skeletons Two

Number of times the skeletons were borrowed 620

Oldest item in collection  14th Century
Half a vellum manuscript leaf from "Liber Sextus," a papal decree from Bonafice VIII. See the front and the back.


Number of locations  Five

Visits to all locations (except Seidman House)  1,171,119 Average 4,839 a day

Highest headcount in one place  April 25, 2015 1,242 people in the Mary Idema Pew Library during Exam Cram.

Pie chart showing percentage of students that sit alone or in groups
48% sit in groups
52% sit alone

Tours given of the Mary Idema Pew Library  559 since 2013


38.5%  of GVSU students received library instruction in a class

56.3% of first year students

Questions asked by chat or text  Over 1,500

Questions asked at the service desk  9,251 an additional 1,400 questions answered by roaming employees or by phone

Events  10

Intellectual Events  53

Number of "how was your experience" responses  6,519

Average experience reported Smiley face with hearts for eyes


Faculty and Staff  70

Student employees  110

  • Dean 1
  • Associate Deans 2
  • Director 1
  • Faculty 26
  • Administrative Professionals 12
  • Professional Support Staff 28
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