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Quick Facts about the UCF Libraries

Did you know that the UCF Libraries...

  • Holds over 2.4 million volumes
  • Occupies a main library building of 226,000 gross square feet. The portion occupied by University Libraries is 206,000 gross square feet.
  • Welcomes over 53,000 library users to the John C. Hitt (main) Library, Curriculum Materials Center and Rosen College of Hospitality Library during a typical mid-semester week
  • Provides access to 624,000 electronic books on subjects from poetry to computer software
  • Subscribes to 43,000 serials, including 40,500 electronic full-text journals
  • Circulates over 1,120 items per day
  • Conducted 404 face-to-face library instruction sessions for over 10,976 students in 2012.
    8,922 students completed 45,780 assessments using the Information Literacy Modules in 2012.
  • Conducted 39,600 instruction sessions in 2012
  • Has digitized the entire 90-year history of the Florida Historical Quarterly, consisting of 35,000 images of material.
  • Adds an average of 146 volumes to its collection each day
  • Answers 950 reference questions during a typical week
  • Provides 436 computer workstations, laptops and iPads for public use
  • Delivers documents to UCF students throughout the country and as far away as Germany, in support of UCF’s distributed learning programs
  • Provides patrons with access to one of the largest databases in the world, Aleph, containing the holdings of the State University Libraries of Florida
  • Is a member of the Center for Research Libraries
  • Supports the local professional community by providing information through its fee-based UCF InfoSource service
  • Has on display in the University Archives the shovel that turned the first spade of earth at the university's groundbreaking on March 19, 1967
  • Owns [Gregorian chant] (13th-14th centuries, manuscript), the oldest item in the UCF Libraries.
  • Owns a Vulgate Bible printed in 1546, the oldest printed item in the UCF Libraries.
  • Owns [Spanish antiphonary] (ca. 1520-1560), one of the oldest manuscripts in the UCF Libraries.
  • Owns a collection of books, serials, periodicals, anthropological artifacts and paintings that document the history, geography, economic and social life of the West Indies. See portions of the Bryant West Indies Collection.

Resources and services include:

  • Electronic access to journals, electronic databases on CD-ROM, and Web-based information resources in the library building and to users at home, office, or other off-campus locations.
  • Web pages at which access the Libraries' electronic resources and give information on the library's services and collections.
  • Professional research services to Central Florida's professional and business communities through its UCF InfoSource office.
  • The U.S. Patents and Trademark Depository Collection containing U.S. Patents, from 1957, on microfilm.
  • Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA) contains resources that have a central function to the curriculum and that cannot be replaced, and primary source materials that are original, rare, fragile, and of an enduring value.  SCUA supports long-term research goals by ensuring that its resources are accessible to researchers in perpetuity.  Many of the resources are one-of-a kind found only in SCUA, therefore researchers must use materials on-site, they do not circulate.  In concert with these goals SCUA has six distinct collecting areas:
    • African Americana
    • Book Arts & Typography
    • Bryant West Indies
    • Floridiana
    • Travel & Tourism
    • University Archives
  • Original artwork is located throughout the library. A brochure with detailed information about the artwork can be found at the Research & Information Desk in the Knowledge Commons on the entrance floor.

Last updated March 22, 2013 9:52:12 AM

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