Collections Overview

The cumulative holdings of Western Libraries eight service locations include more than 11 million print and electronic items, with over 60,000 new items added each year. Developing and maintaining this world-class collection is a key objective of Western Libraries, as outlined in our current Strategic Plan. To that end, Western Libraries is supported by a University-protected annual acquisitions budget of $14.8 million, approximately 80% of which is devoted to print and electronic journals and other serials acquisitions.

In addition to our robust electronic holdings, Western Libraries collection includes over 2.5 million print books, more than one million print journal issues, and an extensive microform collection including musical scores. The Archives and Research Collections Centre boasts the James Alexander and Ellen Rea Benson Special Collections, which encompasses an array of antiquarian and rare books of significance to the London region, as well as those books of general interest. Another strength is the Map and Data Centre, which holds over 222,000 paper maps and provides access to thousands of datasets.

Western Libraries is committed to championing Open Access through the development of our institutional repository, Scholarship@Western. The repository hosts Western’s Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository, as well as 30 Open Access journals. In total, Scholarship@Western is home to nearly 17,000 electronic items.

Western Libraries Growing Collections:

Recent acquisitions, 2017-18:

In 2017-2018, Western Libraries acquired 70 new serial subscriptions, added nearly 10,500 individual serial issues, and purchased 15,545 individual monographs (print and electronic). 

Total serial subscriptions, 2017:

4,570 print serial subscriptions

140,837 online serial subscriptions 

Total book holdings, 2017:

5,431,602 total books

1,513,203 e-books

Collections use, 2017-18

187,083 print items circulated

6,000,000 online journal article downloads

13,000,000 database record views