Annual Report FY 2017-18

 

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, University Librarian

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason
University Librarian

Every day, I am proud of what this university is — who we are, what we stand for. Berkeley is Berkeley because of the spirit of our thinkers and dreamers. We break barriers and believe that knowledge should be available to everyone. We expand horizons by rethinking what’s possible. We build community at a time when our differences are used to divide us instead of bring us together. We inspire conversation, opening minds to new ideas. And we “cultivate a more enlightened human family for generations to come.” Those words, and the thoughts of so many others who were inspired by Doe Library’s We’re Here, We’re Queer, We’re in the Public Record! exhibit this year, capture the very essence of what we aspire to do every day at the Library. We thank you, our supporters, for joining us on this mission. After all, Berkeley is Berkeley because we believe in what Berkeley is — and what it can continue to be.

By the numbers

On the surface, they’re just numbers. But behind each one is a story: a rare volume that completes someone’s research. Money saved by a student who no longer has to choose between an expensive textbook and a trip home. Late night study groups that bloom into lifelong friendships. Together, these numbers paint a picture of the Library as an important beacon of knowledge — and so much more — for Berkeley and beyond. Click on the numbers to learn more about each item!

1,381,387

Visits to Moffitt Library

Moffitt is a hub of activity, having notched more than a million visits during the year. The busiest month? October of last year, which saw an average of 8,040 visits a day.

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4,795,112

Total pageviews

The Library’s website had nearly 5 million pageviews, from 1,372,228 users. That’s roughly the equivalent of one user for every person living in the city of Dallas, Texas.

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4,594,637

e-book usage

In the 2017 calendar year, scholars downloaded nearly 4.6 million chapters. The most popular e-book? The Oxford English Dictionary.

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6,636,922

e-journal usage

Users downloaded more than 6.6 million articles in the 2017 calendar year. The science journal Nature was the most popular title.

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$200,000

Student savings

An innovative Library program has helped ease students’ financial burden by offering free or openly available course materials, including open textbooks and free electronic course packs and assigned books. The Affordable Course Content Pilot has saved students an estimated $200,000 and has supported more than 40 courses and approximately 2,400 students.

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22,597

Participants in Library instruction

Over the course of the year, thousands took part in Library instruction. The topics ran the gamut, covering everything from publishing to 3-D printing. The Library hosted more than 50 workshops through the recently launched Level Up initiative, which aims to help students take a closer look at the technology in their lives through in-person training and online guides.

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930,550

Digital items scanned

Digitization has continued to be a priority, with the Library scanning nearly a million digital images in-house — up threefold from last year. The Library also worked with vendors to scan nearly 230,000 images, including personal papers, photographs, and artwork that document the experience of Japanese American internees during World War II.

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12,980,013

Volumes in the Library’s collections

The Library’s world-renowned collections comprise nearly 13 million volumes. Materials include paintings, lithographs, papyri, audio and video recordings, and ephemera such as leaflets from the Free Speech Movement, a note from Helen Keller to Mark Twain in honor of his 70th birthday, and vintage costumes worn by Berkeley’s beloved mascot, Oski.

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$12,662,173

Total giving FY 2017-18

Your support enables the Library to help advance research, teaching, and learning at Berkeley. Thank you!

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