Welcome to the University of Cincinnati Libraries. Our mission is to empower discovery, stimulate learning and inspire the creation of knowledge by connecting students, faculty, researchers and scholars to dynamic data, information and resources.

Our recently updated Strategic Framework - NEXT Directions outlines how to increase our impact by: creating paths to education innovation and student success; contributing to the university’s research, learning and teaching agendas; and by creating partnerships within UC, the wider Cincinnati urban community and at national and international levels. This work requires a substantial investment in ourselves, a renewed commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a continued focus on and acceleration of digital transformation as we continue to fulfill our mission and achieve our vision.

UC Libraries supports the University of Cincinnati's undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and includes the Walter C. Langsam Library, the Archives and Rare Books Library, the Donald C. Harrison Health Sciences Library and eight college and department libraries serving applied science, architecture, art, biology, chemistry, classics, design, education, engineering, geology, health sciences, mathematics, music, physics, and planning. Other libraries at UC include the Blue Ash Library, Clermont College Library and the Law Library.

UC Libraries by Key Numbers (as reported to the Association of Research Libraries for 2022)

  • Number of Libraries = 10 (13 counting the jurisdictions)
  • Total Volumes = 4,538,933
  • E-books = 1,999,533
  • Library Catalog Hits = 5,606,894
  • Library Website Views = 898,703
  • Library Website Visitors = 38,936
  • LiBlog Visits = 58,936
  • Full-text Articles Downloaded = 2,191,398
  • Regular Searches (databases) = 4,627,063
  • Total Circulation (print and other items) = 45,737
  • Reference Questions Answered = 4,636
  • Library Presentations to Groups = 455
  • Participants in Group Presentations = 9,997
  • Items Loaned (Interlibrary Loan) = 11,000
  • Items Borrowed (Interlibrary Loan) = 5,889
  • Gate Count for all Libraries = 854,067
  • Total Staff (including student assistants) = 160
  • Total Number of Students (graduate & undergraduate) = 48,000+