Shiffman Medical Library

A Statistical Profile of The WSU Library System

These statistics - unless otherwise indicated - cover the operations in the WSU Library System: the Arthur Neef Law Library, the Oakland Center Library, Purdy/Kresge Library, Science and Engineering Library, Shiffman Medical Library, and the David Adamany Undergraduate Library. The figures marked with a red dagger () cover the Walter P. Reuther Library.

The University Libraries offer varied space for study and learning suitable for both individual and group use. These spaces include more than 4,239 seats and 49 group study rooms. Wireless network access and some 549 computer workstations are available to WSU students and faculty in these areas. To facilitate formal instruction, the University Libraries also maintain six instruction labs containing 185 computer workstations.

The Undergraduate Library alone provides 2,337 seats, 27 group study rooms, 371 computer workstations, and 3 instruction labs. The Undergraduate Library also contains the DeRoy Extended Study Center providing 24-hour access to 140 standard workstations as well as 30 high-end work stations with specialized software. The Extended Study Center’s hours are generally from 11a.m. Sunday through 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Library Staff & Services 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Total Library Staff (Full Time Equivalent) 261 247 246 260 257
Professional Staff (FTE) 97 97 101 110 99
Support Staff (FTE) 86 86 81 82 89
Student Assistants (FTE) 78 64 64 68 69
Gate Counts 1,951,173 1,929,975 2,201,904 2,278,025 2,216,905
Total Number of Reference Transactions (in person, virtual, and telephone) 53,464 45,799 38,684 41,318 40,442
Number of Virtual Reference Transactions 1,927 1,720 2,855 3,180 2,698
Number of Library Instruction Sessions 520 467 449 452 385
Number of Participants in Library Instruction Sessions 9,526 9,736 10,359 9,909 8,788
Total Circulation (initial and renewals), excluding reserves 179,836 153,016 140,732 133,250 111,284
Number of Initial Circulations, excluding reserves 114,583 99,688 91,130 87,110 72,237
Number of Circulation Renewals 65,253 53,328 49,602 46,140 39,047
Total Reserves Circulation (initial and renewals) 76,492 78,011 72,456 68,203 66,453
Number of Initial Reserves Circulations 65,228 65,106 61,634 58,337 57,597
Number of Reserves Circulation Renewals 11,264 12,905 10,822 9,866 8,856
Number of Interlibrary Loan Items Provided to WSU Students and Faculty 33,983 48,058 42,671 38,508 37,801
Number of Interlibrary Loan Items Provided to Other Libraries 30,955 42,491 48,424 53,337 38,919
Library Collections 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Volumes in the Collection at the End of the Fiscal Year 3,458,773 3,660,642 3,665,628 3,705,644 4,029,593
Number of Electronic Books 82,607 206,736 310,384 360,223 699,369
Unique Titles held at the end of the year N/A N/A 2,251,350 2,159,995 2,275,613
Number of Monograph Volumes Purchased 43,449 23,615 120,537 59,491 351,255
Number of Monographs Purchased in Print Form 16,271 16,745 16,889 9,652 9,573
Number of Monographs Purchased in Digital Form 27,178 6,870 103,648 49,839 341,682
Number of Unique Serial Titles Currently Received 43,559 45,400 56,616 61,253 66,300
Number of Unique Electronic Serial Titles Currently Received 38,418 41,688 53,014 58,348 63,360
Number of Unique Serial Titles in Print and Other Formats Currently Received 5,141 3,712 3,602 2,905 2,940
Number of Microforms 3,895,009 3,896,048 3,898,391 3,899,273 3,901,235
Number of Maps and Other Cartographic Materials 55,752 56,235 56,345 56,346 56,349
Number of Graphic Pieces 2,159,189 2,159,539 2,161,039 2,161,945 2,162,462
Number of Audio Recordings 46,386 46,731 48,440 50,109 50,431
Number of Films and Video Recordings 29,696 30,565 31,523 30,604 30,848
Number of Digital Collections Created and Maintained by the University Libraries 14 15 15 16 16
Items in the Digital Collections 47,058 48,173 48,173 51,080 53,095
Total Expenditures on Library Materials $8,344,118 $9,007,142 $8,701,072 $8,601,311 $9,014,339
Monographs $1,138,986 $1,181,664 $620,886 $329,159 $866,993
Serials including Periodicals $6,516,900 $7,495,718 $7,990,111 $6,368,917 $6,304,815
Other Library Materials N/A N/A N/A $1,777,794 $1,662,066
Miscellaneous $688,232 $329,760 $90,075 $125,441 $180,465
Use of Online Resources 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Public Computer Logons 1,321,388 880,607 743,455 798,720 705,986
Hours of Connect Time N/A N/A N/A 758,673 678,149
Number of Public Computers Providing Counts 536 461 459 486 486
Number of Visits to the Library's Website 1,491,616 1,498,115 1,477,383 1,479,595 1,331,391
Number of Visits to the Library's Catalog 2,484,390 1,952,741 2,182,473 2,023,823 2,166,593
Number of Sessions on Library Databases 3,207,572 3,595,298 3,299,809 2,023,218 2,007,951
Number of Searches Performed in Library Databases 3,245,546 3,621,677 4,470,395 3,923,482 3,295,017
Number of Databases Providing Counts 336 505 411 423 417
Number of Full-Text Articles Viewed 2,191,265 2,356,979 2,425,653 2,462,988 2,336,918
Number of Sources of Full-Text Articles Providing Counts 22,963 43,469 52,895 57,390 65,121
Library Expenditures 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11
Total Library Expenditures $19,599,699 $20,801,616 $21,090,767 $20,806,975 $20,525,392
Total Library materials $8,344,118 $9,007,142 $8,701,072 $8,601,311 $9,014,339
Total Salaries and wages $9,232,838 $9,349,366 $9,398,088 $9,258,816 $9,035,539
Other operating expenditures $2,022,743 $2,445,108 $2,991,607 $2,946,848 $2,475,514

Much of the information on this page is drawn from the statistics WSU Libraries submit annually to the Association of Research Libraries. Our full response to the ARL Statistical Survey from 1986 to present may be found here: wsu_libraries_arl_data_1986_2011.xlsx

The Association of Research Libraries Statistics collects data on the collections, expenditures, staffing, and services at the 115 largest research libraries in North America stretching back to 1962. The published editions of the ARL Annual Statistics from 1969 onward are available at http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/arlstats/preveds.shtml.

Shiffman Medical Library
Wayne State University
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
320 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-1094