The University of Iowa Libraries collectively have 5,155,258 volumes. They are the Main Library, the Art Library in the Art Building West, the Marvin A. Pomerantz Business Library (also known as the Business Library) in the John Pappajohn Business Building, the Lichtenberger Engineering Library (also known as the Engineering Library) in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts & Sciences, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, the Rita Benton Music Library (also known as the Music Library) in the Main Library, and the Sciences Library. The College of Law Library, also on the Iowa City Campus, is administered separately by The University of Iowa College of Law.
Katherine Hall became the Executive Law Librarian effective July 1, 2012. Previously, Ms. Hall served as the Assistant Director for Public Services at the Michael E. Moritz Law Library at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in Columbus, Ohio.
The Northwestern University Libraries, which I have profiled at length, collectively have 4,930,613 volumes. On the Evanston Campus are the Charles Deering McCormick Library of Special Collections, which has 235,000 items that range from ancient Mesopotamian tablets to rare books to prints; the Boas Mathematics Library in Lunt Hall, which has approximately 34,000 volumes on pure mathematics and statistics; the Seeley G. Mudd Library (also known as the Tech Library), which has 345,000 books and bound journal volumes; the Northwestern University Music Library in the Deering Library; and the Transportation Library, which has more than 500,000 items. The Art Collection in the Deering Library has more than 150,000 volumes.
One will find the University Archives in the Deering Library. Students can access databases (and the Internet) from the Astrahan Electronic Information Center in the Mudd Library.
The Main Library is home to the Reference Collection and the Core Collection, which consists of 35,000 titles. Located in the Main Library, the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, founded in 1954, has 400,000 volumes.
The Marjorie Iglow Mitchell Multimedia Center in the Main Library has a video library of 25,000 titles, including documentaries, feature films, and TV shows. The formats are VHS tapes, laserdiscs, DVDs, and CDs. The United Library, an affiliate library, also located on the Evanston Campus, serves the Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, a United Methodist Church graduate school of theology.
The Joseph Schaffner Library serves the Kellogg School of Management, the School of Continuing Studies, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and other schools on the Chicago Campus. The Galter Health Sciences Library is in the Feinberg School of Medicine on the Chicago Campus.
The Pritzker Legal Research Center (also known as the Law Library) is also on the Chicago Campus. The Qatar Library is on Northwestern University’s Qatar Campus in Doha, Qatar.
The University of Georgia (UGA) Libraries collectively have 4,716,401 volumes and 6,600,000 microfilm units. Students have access to 48,000 electronic full-text journals, and approximately 400,000 full-text e-books. There are four large library facilities on the campus in Athens, Georgia.
The Main Library has collections that cover the arts and humanities, social sciences, business, and government documents. A large part of the microform collection is in the Main Library.
The Music Research Collection on the 7th Floor of the Main Library includes books, music scores, periodicals, and microforms. In addition, the Media Department, located in the basement, is home to feature film recordings, radio programs, and television programs.
The Map Library, located in the sub-basement of the Main Library, is described by UGA as “a modern, research level academic map library with large holdings of maps, air photos and imagery, atlases, digital spatial data, and reference materials.” The statewide Digital Library of Georgia is also based out of this building.
Located on UGA’s south campus in Athens inside the Boyd Graduate Studies Building, the Science Library has 750,000 volumes and over 3,000 print journal titles in research and instruction collections in the basic and applied sciences. Students have access to 19,000 full-text electronic journals on all subjects through the Electronic Journal Locator.
The Miller Learning Center is a 200,000-square foot electronic library and classroom facility. According to UGA, “It combines an electronic library providing access to online journals and books, research databases and electronic indexes with research and study space for 2,240 students, 500 computers… and a pervasive wireless network.”
The Special Collections Libraries are the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, the Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research & Studies, and the Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection. They are all housed in the Richard B. Russell Building, dedicated on February 17, 2012.
UGA broke ground for the 155,000-square-foot building in January of 2010. About one-third of the $46,000,000-structure was raised from private sources, along with $7,000,000 in program endowments.
The typical visitor will never see the special collection vault, which is largely underground. A “motorized order picker” removes items from the thirty-foot-high shelves in what UGA describes as the “30,000-square-foot Harvard-model high-density storage facility.”
The Hargrett Library has 200,000 volumes and 6,000,000 pages of manuscripts. P. Toby Graham is Deputy University Librarian and Director of the Hargrett Library.
The Russell Library has 13,000 linear feet of correspondence, speeches, drafts of legislation, domestic and foreign policy papers, polling data, campaign materials, sound recordings, electronic records, photographs, film, artifacts, and oral history interviews. The library and library building were named in honor of Georgia Governor and U.S. Senator Richard B. Russell, Jr. (1897-1971). Dr. William Gray Potter is the University Librarian & Associate Provost.
The Curriculum Materials Library, in Room 207 of Aderhold Hall, is designed to serve the specialized K-12 curriculum needs of the College of Education. There is a separate Music Library, located in the School of Music, which “operates in association with the Main Library, with its collection of materials developed by the Music Bibliographer,” as stated by UGA.
It “contains commonly used books, scores, pedagogical materials, and major curriculum series used in elementary and secondary school music programs, and also serves as the primary access point for music audio and video recordings, as well as all music course reserve materials.” The Veterinary Medicine Reading Room, also on the campus in Athens, serves the College of Veterinary Medicine.
Students, faculty and staff members can use the Gwinnett Campus electronic library to access the collections of the UGA Libraries, as well as to the GALILEO suite of databases. It has ten computer workstations and several tables for group study work. There is a campus reference librarian on-site.
The University of Georgia Tifton Campus Library, located in the Administrative Building, serves the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. UGA states it houses a collection that covers “agricultural engineering, agronomy, animal science, entomology, horticulture, plant pathology and related subjects. It holds over 4,000 monographs and subscriptions to about 200 periodicals, along with approximately 500 theses and dissertations on peanuts and related topics, one room of USDA publications and experiment station publications from twenty-five states.”
The Griffin Campus Research Facility Library, located in the Stuckey Building, houses a “collection of agricultural and applied economics, biological and agricultural engineering, crop and soil science, entomology, food science and technology, horticulture, plant genetic resources conservation, and related subjects.” The small library at the Sapelo Island Marine Institute “is highly specialized and supports research in marine and estuarine biology.”
UGA states, “The Skidaway Institute Library is the largest in the state devoted almost exclusively to marine science. The 6,100 square foot facility contains holdings of 4,000 book volumes and 17,000 serial volumes.”