Library Issues Annual Report of 2013



The University library published an annual report on the survey and analysis of the use of the library collections in the year of 2013. The report covered six aspects related to the library: amount of the collection of library resources, use of the library, borrowing of the resources, analysis of the borrowed resources, relationship between the collections and borrowing, the ranking of borrowing, etc.


I. Amount of the Collections


According to the report, by the end of 2013, the total collection of the library is 4,354,800 volumes among which 3,557,800 are books, 369,600 are bound periodicals, 327,400 are ancient literature, 24,800 are dissertations, and 74,900 are non-book materials.


Among the collection, there are 124 electronic databases (including 334 sub databases) with 47,000 electronic journals, 136,000 eBooks as well as over 2,569,000 dissertations. The collections vary in over 50,000 kinds covering seven categories in different languages with Chinese and English collections by the most: literature, history and geography, economy, cultural education, industrial technology, politics and law, philosophy (newly added since 2013).


II. Use of Library


The access to the library varies in different schools and departments.


In 2013, the total access to the library is 1,213,262 person-times among which 86% are undergraduates, with Meng Xiancheng College, School of Social Development and School of Finance and Statistics rank the first three. The total library catalog query WebPACis 2,862,097 times with 7,841 times per day. And 44.8% of them are from outside the campus query.


III. Borrowing of the Resources


The borrowing of the resources is proportional to the terms and vacation time with the peak during starting of new terms and the bottom during vacations (the least during winter vacation). At the first day of the new term in 2013 (on Feb. 25), the borrowing is 3442 volumes by 1548 persons.


Since 2009, many Department Reference Rooms have opened borrowing to respective readers and in 2013, this part covers 2.8% of the total borrowing, increasing from 2.2% in 2012.


The total borrowing of non-electronic resources (mainly books, CDs and research rooms, etc.) in 2013 is 23434 (35% of all borrowings) with School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Information Science & Technology, and School of Resources & Environmental Sciences ranks the most among undergraduates.


IV. Analysis on the Borrowed Resources


In 2013, the borrowing of collections of literature in Chinese language ranks the first (20.8%), with industrial technology the second (11.1%), philosophy the third (10.9%), cultural education the fourth (10.0%) and history and geography the fifth (9.6%).


Borrowing of collections in foreign languages has decreased by 14.8% compared to that in 2012, with collections in language category decreasing the most (1127 volumes).


The total volume of borrowable collections is 112.994 more that that in 2012, while the actual borrowing is 84,378 less than that in 2012.


It is confirmed that this report has been the fifth one since 2009. The University library has always been striving to provide better service to readers and to better meet the need of readers by doing this.




Written by: Shi Yangyang

Edited by: Liu Jinyu




East China Normal University