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Library Science

Guide to library science collections at the University of Chicago

Major Reference Collections & Databases

Selected Reference Sources


Data & Statistics

  • IMLS Library Statistics - Public Libraries Survey and the State Library Agencies Survey  conducted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • Library Research Service  - Provides library professionals, educators, public officials, and the media with research and statistics about libraries.
  • US Department of Education: Library Statistics Program - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) began a nation-wide library statistics program in 1989 that now includes the Academic Libraries Survey, the Public Libraries Survey, the School Library Media Center Survey, and the State Library Agencies Survey. Collections, expenditures, services, and staffing are some of the topics covered by these surveys.



  • American Library Directory - A classified list of libraries in the United States and Canada, with personnel and statistical data.
  • Gale Directory of Databases - Profiles thousands of databases available worldwide in a variety of formats. Entries include producer name and contact information, description, cost and more.
  • World Guide to Libraries - Current addresses and detailed information on the holdings of thousands of libraries worldwide.


Subject Specialist

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Rebecca Starkey
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Director of Teaching and Academic Engagement
Regenstein Library, Room 363

Subject Areas: Education, Library Science