Penn State Libraries rank among the top 10

According to most recent reports, Penn State University Libraries rank among the top 10 North American research libraries, based on Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index Rankings for 2010–11.

The ranking system is based on dollars spent for total library expenditures, salaries and wages and library materials plus the number of professional plus support staff employees. Among the top 10 are Harvard, Yale, Toronto, Michigan, Columbia, California Los Angeles, New York, California Berkeley, Princeton, and Penn State.

"The recognition of the scale of our Libraries is good news for Penn State in the recruitment and retention of undergraduate and graduate students as well as attracting and meeting the needs of top-notch faculty," noted Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. "It also reinforces our role as a leader in research projects with other top libraries in North America."

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Last Updated February 07, 2013