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The University Libraries system on the Boulder campus is the largest library collection in the Rocky Mountain region — as of June 30, 2015, the Libraries hold 6,646,017 print volumes and 984,952 electronic books. In all, more than 14,000,000 books, ebooks, periodicals, government publications, audio-visual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers, and computer-based sources.


The system includes four branch libraries — Business; Earth Sciences & Map; Engineering, Mathematics & Physics; and Music.


Archives and Special Collections are housed in Norlin Library, as well as the general social sciences and humanities collection of 700,000 volumes shelved on three tiers in the third floor book stacks. Staff from Government Information, East Asian, and Science libraries and collections, also located in Norlin, join the staff of the Research Desk on the second floor to provide reference and research assistance. Instructional services are available from each branch and internal library. Circulation Services in Norlin includes the Circulation Desk, Interlibrary Loan, Course Reserves, and some audiovisual services.


The Law Library is located in, and administered by, the Law School.


The Chinook Online Catalog provides access to a vast array of research resources, the University Libraries collection, holdings of many Colorado libraries, and library systems nationwide. The Libraries website provides basic information about the Libraries, as well as many tools for conducting research.


The University Libraries has wi-fi connectivity. Norlin Library has several group study rooms and art galleries.


In addition to the libraries on campus, additional materials are stored at PASCAL -- Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries. PASCAL, a state-of-the-art, high-density, library storage facility located on the Anschutz Medical Campus, houses material for the Boulder, Health Sciences, Auraria, and University of Denver libraries under environmentally-sound and climate-controlled conditions. CU faculty, staff, and students may request electronic delivery of articles in journals located in PASCAL.


Norlin Library is affiliated with the best university libraries in the country and is a member of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries (a cooperative of Colorado and Wyoming research libraries), the Greater Western Library Alliance (a group of 32 research libraries located in the Midwest and Western states), the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries.

For more information about the Libraries, contact the Planning & Promotions Department.

For more information about the Boulder campus, see Just the Facts.

University Libraries Facts
Based on the Association of Research Library Statistics for the latest reporting years 2010-11.


Volumes held 5,031,188
Serials received 62,126
Microform units 7,043,254
Government documents 947,949
Manuscripts & archives (linear feet) 39,221
Audio 75,047
Film & video 19,845
Professional staff FTE 54
Support staff FTE 111
Student assistants FTE 52
Total staff FTE 217
Number of library presentations 765
Number of participants 12,904
Number of reference transactions 55,101
Number of initial circulations (no reserves) 258,267
Total circulation (initial + renewals, no reserves) 467,355
Interlibrary Loans
Total number filled requests for materials provided to other libraries 56,698
Total number of filled requests for materials received from other libraries 39,289
Materials Expenditure
Total 2010-2011 $10,351,477


For the University Libraries statistical history, see
ARL Stats 1992-2011 (xls).


For the Association of Research Libraries full data, see

ARL Statistics

Libraries Internal to Norlin Library

Archives Norlin SE wing, basement, 303-492-7242
91,000 volumes / 32 subscriptions / 31,000 linear feet of papers / 2,000 linear feet of newspapers. Colorado history and politicians, 19th- and 20th-century U.S. West, organized labor, peace, citizen activism, Rocky Flats and the atomic west, women's history, environmentalism, business, and industry. Also holds the archives of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; Friends of the Earth; Western Federation of Miners/International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers; and the International Typographical Union. Individual collections include the papers of General William Carey Brown, Margaret Long, Gordon Allott, Josephine Roche, Omer Stewart, Edward P. Costigan, James G. Patton, Carl Johnson, Wayne Aspinall, Gary Hart, Timothy Wirth, David Skaggs, Patricia Schroeder, Ken Salazar, Stan Brakhage and David Hawkins.


Government Information Norlin SW wing, third floor, 303-492-8834
Of national and international renown, the Government Information website includes thousands of links to government information on all levels arranged by subject. 5+ million items in paper, microform, video and electronic format /10,000+ subscriptions. A regional library of the Federal Depository Library Program as well as a depository of Colorado state, United Nations, and European Union information. Also collects publications from all other state governments, many foreign governments, and international governmental organizations like the UN. Most of the collection is uncatalogued and cannot be accessed using Chinook. Users can search Chinook to find federal documents published since 1976; foreign, state and international documents published since 1989; and a limited number of older publications. The Library has numerous printed indexes and CD-ROM databases that can be used to identify older documents. The department accepts reference questions via e-mail to govpubs@colorado.edu and via telephone at 303-492-8834.


Science Collection Norlin SW wing, second floor, 303-492-5136
270,000 volumes / 2,500 subscriptions. General science, biology, botany, chemistry, biochemistry, artificial intelligence, medicine, exercise physiology, behavioral psychology, nutrition, speech/ hearing, zoology, and the history of science.


Special Collections Norlin NW wing, third floor, room 345, 303-492-6144
80,000+ volumes and several hundred feet of manuscripts. Papyrus documents, medieval manuscript leaves, incunabula, English and American literature from the eighteenth century to the present, illustrated books, natural history, mountaineering, the Epsteen and Bloch collections of children's literature, the Leo Miller John Milton Collection, original photographs by renowned photographers, the Tippit photobook collection, papers of Colorado authors, material on the history of the book and the book arts, and a large collection of fine-press books. Many materials housed in Special Collections do not have online records in Chinook. Access to materials not found in Chinook is provided on the Department web pages and in the card catalog and finding guides kept in the department's reading room.


Libraries External to Norlin Library


William H. White Business Library
Business School Building, Second floor W, room 200, 303-492-8367
80,000+ monographs and bound journals / 660 current periodicals, with articles from over 200 more periodicals via various full-text electronic databases. Collections include study and research materials for management and administration, accounting, advertising, banking, finance, small business and entrepreneurship, marketing, real estate and transportation, and some works in the behavioral sciences, quantitative methodology, and computer applications. Corporate annual shareholder reports for all companies on the New York and American Stock Exchanges and SEC 10-K reports for Colorado and Fortune 500 companies from 1980 to 1994 available on microfiche. Lexis Nexis Academic includes annual shareholder and 10-K reports and proxy statements for all companies on primary U.S. exchanges from 1994 to present.


Jerry Crail Johnson Earth Sciences & Map L library
Benson Earth Sciences Building, first floor, 303-492-6133

46,600 volumes / 96 subscriptions (print and electronic). The Earth Sciences collection includes geology, mineralogy, paleontology, oceanography, physical geography, mineral deposits, geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, and environmental aspects of geology and geography. The Map Library collection includes 200,000 maps, over 1,000 atlases and geographic reference books, and a growing collection of digital spatial data. The collection consists of general and thematic maps and atlases at small and large scales, mostly from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, and related reference materials such as gazetteers. The Library has two digital collections Building Colorado Story by Story: The Sanborn Fire Insurance Map Collection and Historical Aerial Photographs of Colorado. Email research assistance available for earth sciences and map library questions at maplib@colorado.edu.


Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics & Physics
Mathematics Building, first floor NW, room 135, 303-492-5396
The L.H. Gemmill Library of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physics supports the teaching, learning and research needs of all disciplines in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Departments of Mathematics, and Physics.


Howard B. Waltz Music Library
Imig Music Building. second floor NW, room N250, 303-492-8093
70,000 volumes / 300 subscriptions / 55,000 scores / 55,000 sound recordings / over 800 performances on video and DVD. One of the largest and most important music research collections between Chicago and Los Angeles, covering music history, music theory, music education, musicians, jazz, popular music, and many other topics related to music. Home to the American Music Research Center (AMRC) with extensive holdings of primary sources related to 18th- and 19th-century American church music, American sheet music, an archive devoted to Glenn Miller, and a number of other special collections. More than 900 digitized titles from its sheet music collections as the University of Colorado Digital Sheet Music Collection.