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Library facts and figures

Library Facts and Figures

In line with the key principles of our Library Mission statement and in support of the University of Bath’s wider objectives, we are constantly working to develop and enhance our services, facilities, resources and engagement with all Library users. The following facts and figures showcase recent highlights from our work.

All figures correct as of publication date, October 2021.

Key facts & figures

  • The Library is open 24/7, all year round
  • Over 1 million entrances to the Library building in the academic year 2018/19. Over 650,000 entrances in the academic year 2019/20 (up to the March 2020 lockdown).
  • More than 532,000 ebooks and 26,000 e-journals via our digital Library collections
  • More than 100 subscribed electronic databases for research, plus more than 100 additional free databases and resources curated by Subject Librarians
  • More than 332,000 print books and 219 print journal titles in our Library
  • Over 1 km of unique and distinctive material held in our Archives & Research Collections
  • Over 1,445 seats and more than 500 PCs in the building. Almost all seats have access to power.
  • 12 printing, copying and scanning devices in the Library
  • Wireless access throughout the building
  • Staff and students can borrow up to 30 books at any one time. We also automatically renew everyone’s unreserved standard loan items once every week.

Impact and Engagement 2020-21

  • We maintained our National Student Survey score of 86% for Q.19 in 2021 (“‘The library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported my learning well’). This places us 2nd in the country for Q19 for institutions included in the Guardian Good University guide!
  • Our 2021 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey score showed 90% satisfaction with online Library resources and services and 74% satisfaction with physical Library resources and services and, placing us in the top quartile of participating institutions. 
  • Engagement with the Library’s Instagram account continued to rise, reaching 1,100+ followers in 2021.
  • Our new Library guide 'Reading for pleasure' includes 10 reading lists alongside additional resources to support wellbeing and inclusivity. Lists include LGBT+ (in collaboration our student LGBT+ group), Black History and Culture (with the SU and Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) and Wellbeing (with Student Services), as well as international and popular fiction

Online Resources 2019-20

  • The 2019/20 academic year saw a 109% rise in the use of the Library homepage, with 777,935 views compared to 372,362 in 2018/19.
  • In line with our Digital First approach we continue to negotiate deals to increase the number and range of electronic resources available. In 2019-20 our users downloaded over 5 million ebook sections and over 3 million journal articles.
  • We obtained 3,298 interlibrary loan requests for our users in 2019-20.

Library reports

Read our regular 'While you were away' reports, which update our users on the latest Library developments: 


COVID-19 Support


  • We provide over 1445 seats in the Library, both drop-in and bookable online, over 500 with PCs.
  • Additional COVID-safe University Study Spaces are available for booking online, both on campus and in the city centre.
  • Over the Summer of 2020, 1115 books were retrieved for students and staff via our ‘Request for Collection’ service. Book stacks are now open access, with self service reservations for items on loan.
  • Between September/October 2020 we scanned 458 book sections/journal articles for academic staff for Moodle for the coming academic year, to make our print collections more accessible.
  • From the March 2020 lockdown until the end of Semester 2 in June 2020, we resolved 2,630 online enquiries, more than double the same period in 2019. In 2020 overall we resolved over 17,000 online Library enquiries!

Training 2019-20

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  • We developed a wide range of online training sessions for students and staff via Teams and Zoom, e-learning courses in Moodle, and online guidance on our webpages. We now offer over 50 device agnostic online Library guides, 16 of which were new in 2019-20.
  • Our Research Data team developed three new online training courses in research data management, as well as co-designing an interactive ‘select your own story’ resource with the University of Stellenbosch.
  • Our Academic Services team delivered over 50 hours of Library training per fte librarian in 2019/20.
  • Our researcher community received almost 700 person-hours of in-person training from our Research Services team, with attendance numbers across all sessions totalling more than 450.

Research Services 2019-20

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  • In 2019/20 our Open Access team checked the metadata and open access compliance status of approximately 3,000 outputs selected for REF in 14 Units of Assessment, as well as validating 8,249 publication records and 291 e-theses records in Pure. The Leiden Rankings 2020 identified 78.5% of University of Bath’s publications from 2015-18 as open access, an increase from 75.2% for 2014-17, placing Bath 50th in the world for proportion of papers open access
  • In 2019/20 our Research Data Service saw for support in data management planning almost double compared to the previous year, alongside a 5% increase in requests for DOIs for datasets published in the Research Data Archive.
  • In 2019/20 our Research Analytics Service responded to over 200 enquiries to the service, across all Faculties, professional services, and University senior management. Bibliometric analysis was provided for approximately 40 promotion/recruitment cases as well as in support of grant and fellowship applications. We provided annual Department/Division publishing profiles for all Faculties, and publishing metrics to 8 Departments/Faculties to support their REF preparations.
  • Archives & Research Collections 2019/20: Find out what our Archives & Research Collection team got up to in 2019/2020!