The University of Miami Libraries rank among the top research libraries in North America with a combined collection of over 3.5 million volumes and access to more than 90,000 electronic and print serials. Other resources include 656,893 electronic books, and access to more than 1,000 electronic databases.

The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,100 undergraduates, 5,100 graduate students, and 10,000 full and part time faculty and staff. The Libraries has a staff of 37 Librarians and 86 support staff and is a member of Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Northeastern Research Libraries, and LYRASIS.

The Otto G. Richter Library on the Coral Gables campus houses collections that serve the arts, architecture, humanities, social sciences, and the sciences. It is a depository for federal and state government publications. Rare books, maps, manuscript and archival collections are housed in Special Collections, the Cuban Heritage Collection and University Archives.


2010-2011: Including Law and Medical Libraries


3,348,622 books (print and online)

15,846 DVDs and videos

70,906 online serials

2,961 print serials

138,197 Items checked out ; 213,659 total circulations, incl. renewals



Approx. 160,000 sq. ft.

13 group study rooms (Richter)


Reference & Instruction (June 2009-July 2010)

1651 classes, workshops, orientations, and presentations to UM students, faculty, or staff

25,490 participants (many have attended more than 1 session)

51,949 reference transactions


Interlibrary Loan Services (June 2009-July 2010)

34,438 items loaned to other libraries

13,969 items borrowed for students, faculty and staff


Library Staff (Including Law and Medical Libraries)

86 Professionals

115 Support Staff

56 FTE student assistants



Open 122 hours per week during Fall & Spring semesters