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Nation's Largest Libraries by Volumes Held

Source Institution Volumes Held
A Library of Congress 23,994,965
A Harvard University13,617,133
P New York Public Library 11,445,971
AYale University9,932,080
P Queen's Borough Public Library 9,237,300
A University of Illinois - Urbana 9,024,298
A University of California - Berkeley 8,628,028
P Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public 8,582,637
P Chicago Public Library 8,100,000
PFree Library of Philadelphia7,891,532
AUniversity of Texas7,495,275
PLos Angeles Public Library, County of 7,425,092
A University of California-Los Angeles7,010,234
A University of Michigan 6,973,162
A Columbia University 6,905,609
A Stanford University 6,865,158
P Boston Public Library 6,709,907
PBrooklyn Public Library 6,630,186
P Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 6,582,144
A University of Chicago6,116,978
A Cornell University 6,113,346
A Indiana University 5,916,992
A University of Wisconsin 5,824,639
P Los Angeles Public Library 5,743,103
A University of Washington 5,715,202
A Princeton University 5,516,141
A University of Minnesota 5,490,668
P Houston Public Library 5,187,973
A Ohio State University 5,087,336
A University of North Carolina 4,819,186
A Duke University 4,645,050
A University of Pennsylvania 4,546,667
A University of Arizona4,442,861
A University of Virginia 4,433,628
A Michigan State University 4,118,032
A Pennsylvania State University 3,934,344
A Northwestern University 3,893,005
A University of Iowa 3,822,656
A University of Pittsburgh 3,819,100
P King County Library System 3,677,923
A Rutgers University 3,633,792
A New York University 3,629,897
A University of Kansas 3,532,810
A University of Georgia 3,458,298
A University of Southern California 3,417,928
PBuffalo & Erie County Public Library3,414,367
P Miami-Dade Public Library System 3,357,879
PCleveland Public Library3,320,353
A University of Florida 3,317,781
A Arizona State3,278,332
AWashington University - St. Louis3,234,005
A Johns Hopkins 3,224,741
A Center for Research Libraries3,127,913
PCuyahoga County Public Library3,088,098
P Hawaii State Public Library System 3,077,276
A State University of New York - Buffalo 3,047,830
PSt. Louis County Library3,023,237
AWayne State University3,002,261
AUniversity of South Carolina2,998,008
AMcGill University2,994,156
AUniversity of Rochester2,962,157
ALouisiana State University2,950,442
AUniversity of California - Davis2,949,213
ABrown University2,932,818
PDallas Public Library2,932,589
AUniversity of Hawaii2,925,821
PDistrict of Columbia Public Library2,863,749
AUniversity of Connecticut2,828,359
AUniversity of Massachusetts2,826,284
AUniversity of Missouri2,816,452
PDetroit Public Library2,804,428
PMid-Continent Public Library2,789,218
PMilwaukee Public Library2,756,657
PJacksonville Public Library2,721,642
AUniversity of Colorado2,715,702
ASyracuse University2,712,132
AUniversity of Kentucky2,679,084
PSan Diego Public Library2,670,375
PFairfax County Public Library2,666,615
AUniversity of Maryland2,626,800
ANorth Carolina State University2,618,615
AUniversity of Oklahoma2,640,071
AUniversity of Utah2,608,118
AUniversity of Notre Dame2,583,669
PMontgomery County Public Library2,583,225
AUniversity of California - San Diego2,531,418
AMIT2,493,927
PEnoch Pratt Free Library2,477,468
AAuburn University2,464,666
ABrigham Young University2,462,966
PToledo-Lucas County Public Library2,452,740
ATexas A&M University2,447,598
AVanderbilt University2,442,771
AUniversity of Nebraska2,442,115
PColumbus Metropolitan Library2,433,636
AUniversity of California - Santa Barbara2,396,611
PSan Francisco Public Library2,393,837
AEmory University2,369,065
AKent State University2,346,014
ATemple University2,345,342

Sources:

A= ARL Statistics 1996-97 Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 1997. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, 1998.

P=Public Library Data Service: Statistical Report 98. Chicago: Public Library Association (division of the American Library Association), 1998.

Note: Public library and academic library collections are dissimilar.



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