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Administrative Services: Assessment

Administrative Services supports the MIT Libraries' mission and goals in the areas of Budget & Financial, Facilities & Operations, Personnel and Staff Services.

A library assessment function was established in 2010 to coordinate assessment efforts throughout the MIT Libraries. The program coordinates assessment activities that serve the library system (such as providing ARL and IPEDS with library statistics, and overseeing the triennial library survey). The statistics and assessment information on this page describe systemwide information that crosses directorates. For specific directorate assessment, connect through directorate links below.

Information available to the public is found in Assessment in the MIT Libraries.

Assessment within Directorates

Library-wide Reported Statistics

The following provides some of the data that we share with our peers through ARL and IPEDS, as well as data that is provided to vendors such as Peterson's and Barron's. These are considered the "official" figures that we share with any public request.

Some basic figures from ARL FY17:

  • Titles held (all formats): 2,489,801
  • Volumes held (print plus electronic): 3,262,468
  • Electronic books (also included in both counts above): 700,997

Explore prior years ARL statistics and IPEDS statistics.

Triennial Survey Links

Every three years, the MIT Libraries undertakes major surveys of faculty, undergraduates, graduate students and research staff with the goal of gathering information about the Libraries' services in order to improve them.

Survey Tools

The following survey tools are all available to MIT Libraries staff.