Library by the Numbers

Top 10 Loans of Physical Material:

  • Campbell Biology, 11th Edition: 239
  • Tārīkh madīnat Dimashq: 81
  • Annual book of ASTM Standards: 74
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell: 52
  • Foreign Relations of the United States: 48
  • Elements: 46
  • Siyar aʻlām al-nubalāʼ: 38
  • Perspectives on Welfare: 30
  • Case in Point10 - Complete Case Interview Preparation: 29
  • Principles of Taxation for Business and Investment Planning 2020: 29

Top 10 Eresources Accessed:

  • Nature: 61,722
  • Nature Communications: 56,201
  • Scientific Reports: 32,618
  • Nature Materials: 11,089
  • Nature Biotechnology: 10,487
  • Cell: 8,268
  • Nature Methods: 8,093
  • Nature Nanotechnology: 7,841
  • Nature Physics: 7,112
  • Nature Chemical Biology: 5,685

Top 10 LibGuides (Research Guides) Accessed:

  • Off-Campus (Remote) Library Services: 5865
  • Medicine: 2090
  • Cat Videos on the Web: 1590
  • Newspapers: 1451
  • Patent, Trademark, Copyright: 1291
  • CoronaVirus (COVID-19): 1161
  • Graduate Students & Postdocs at Rice University: 1082
  • Houston Jewish History Archive: 1073
  • Government Information: 1036
  • Resources related to Slavery and Racial Injustice at Rice University: 845
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Reference and Collection Development

  • 518 library chat help sessions
  • Fondren Instruction Statistics for FY21
    • 186 classes taught 
    • 1,734 total class participants
    • 22 undergraduates and 33 graduate students completed Fondren 101 in Canvas

Access Services

  • 9,491 ILL items loaned to other libraries (books & articles)
  • 6,095 ILL items borrowed for our patrons
  • 1,899 ILL electronic documents delivered for our patrons
  • 100,561 items shelved
  • 19,700 study room reservations
  • 132,709 Fondren entrances (East & West)

Woodson Research Center (WRC) Archives and Special Collections

  • Handwritten documents transcribed: 294
  • Total Pages of Transcription: 1,217
  • Material types:
    • US Civil War Letters: 184
    • Texas History: 69
    • 19th Century US History: 13
    • British History: 28
  • Events/Classes
  • Archival stats linear feet added

Digital Scholarship Services

  • Rice Digital Scholarship Archive:
    • Total visits for FY 20-21: 4.6 Million
    • 1,279 items added totalling 73,343, or approximately 4 TB of information
      • 77% Text, 12% Image, 9% Audio/Visual
  • Dark Archive: 
    • Total # AIPs* filed as of July 2021: 1,115
    • Total AIPs filed in FY 20-21: 57
    • How big overall as of July 2021: 4.2 TB

*Archival Information Packages (AIPs) are digital archives that have privacy or format concerns which make them ineligible for putting online publicly. Woodson Research Center staff provide access to this material on request.

Technical Services

  • Acquisitions added 42,580 new physical items
  • Eresources
    • 7,662 electronic resources added (journals, books, and video)
    • Streaming media use: 54,883
    • Ebook use: 27,707
    • Electronic Journals/Eserials use: 720,937
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