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Libraries use by the numbers

Saving students money

Student Savings bar chart shows estimated savings of $12.9 million over the last five years.

Library resources are embedded in Canvas course sites, making them easily accessible by students. This, along with multi-use e-book purchases, borrowing course material content, and publishing open textbooks has potentially saved students $3.6 million in fiscal year 2020, and the potential savings over the past five years totals $12.9 million.

Improving graduation rates

Students who use library online resources are 92% more likely to graduate in four years.


A five-year correlational study of 5,368 first-year undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota demonstrated that using the Libraries electronic resources corresponds with a 92% increase in the odds of graduation in four years. See 


Library use for FY 2020

Library use statistics for 2020: 31,0000 research questions answered; 8.4 million article downloads, more than 1 million annual visitors, 2.1 million web visits, 2.27 million e-book downloads, and 1,151 workshops taught.

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