Penn State's Libraries among top research libraries in North America

August 20, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's University Libraries again have been recognized among the top research universities in North America, according to the recently released 2013-14 Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Library Investment Index Rankings in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

The University Libraries are listed 8th in the ranking, which provides a snapshot of each research library's size of its collections and capacity to provide services to students, faculty and staff, as well as to visiting researchers.

"Having such robust collections of research materials and services is a significant factor in helping Penn State recruit and retain top students and faculty. We are able to provide critical support for knowledge creation and student academic success at Penn State and in research collaborations with highly regarded peer libraries across the continent."

– Barbara I. Dewey,
dean of University Libraries and
Scholarly Communications

"Penn State students, faculty and visitors tell us regularly how much they value the scope and scale of our Libraries, and this ranking validates their views," said Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications. "Having such robust collections of research materials and services is a significant factor in helping Penn State recruit and retain top students and faculty. We are able to provide critical support for knowledge creation and student academic success at Penn State and in research collaborations with highly regarded peer libraries across the continent."

The ARL ranking system, which examines 115 colleges and universities that provide data, is based on dollars spent for total library expenditures, salaries and wages and library materials plus the number of professional plus support staff employees. 



For additional information about University Libraries collections, visit www.libraries.psu.edu and select "More" under the "About" column.

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