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University of Virginia
Core Requirements 2.9 – Learning Resources and Services
Core Requirements, Institutional Accreditation, U.Va.
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QUALITY ENHANCEMENT PLAN
FIFTH-YEAR INTERIM REPORT
REVIEW & APPROVAL
Core Requirements 2.9 - Learning Resources and Services
The institution, through ownership or formal arrangements or agreements, provides and supports student and faculty
access and user privileges to adequate library collections as well as to other learning/information resources consistent
with the degrees offered. These collections and resources are sufficient to support all its educational, research, and
public service programs.
The University of Virginia is in compliance with this requirement.
The University of Virginia provides and supports student and faculty access and user privileges to adequate library
collections and other learning/information resources consistent with the degrees it offers. The University accomplishes
this goal through ownership of materials, supplemented by formal arrangements and agreements with other
institutions. The University’s collections and resources are sufficient to support all of its educational, research, and
public service programs.
This response provides (1) an overview of the University of Virginia’s library system, (2) a description of the
collections, (3) examples of collaborative associations with other institutions, (4) information on ongoing efforts to
ensure the adequacy of the University’s collections, and (5) a discussion of access and user privileges. A discussion
(6) of other learning/information resources, including access to computing resources, completes the response.
1. Overview of the University of Virginia’s Library System
The University of Virginia won the 2005 “Excellence in Academic Libraries Award,” given annually by the Association of
College and Research Libraries to recognize “academic librarians and staff who work together as a team to develop an
academic library that is outstanding in furthering the educational mission of its parent institution.”
The University of Virginia’s Library System comprises four entities that use a single online system (VIRGO) and
coordinate their activities to make the best use of resources:
The University Library, which maintains 12 libraries and one high-density shelving facility to serve the
University’s undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools’ educational, research, and public service
The Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, which supports and facilitates the clinical, research, and education
needs of the University of Virginia Health System, which includes the School of Medicine and the School of
The Arthur J. Morris Law Library, which primarily serves law-related needs of students and faculty of the
University of Virginia Law School.
The Camp Library, which primarily supports the research and educational needs of the University’s Darden
Graduate School of Business Administration.
As of June 30, 2005, the University of Virginia Library System’s combined printed collections contained 5,053,162
printed volumes; 53,370 serial subscriptions; 5,541,742 microforms; 151,461 maps; 676,334 government documents;
and 17,013,606 manuscript items. The Library System’s combined non-print materials contained 465,037 slides,
photographs, and other graphic materials; 65,043 sound recordings; 29,667 film and video materials; and 264,989
digital objects. Expenditures for Library System’s collections during the 2005 fiscal year topped $10 million for the
first time. Just over $3.2 million of the $10.1 million materials budget was allocated to electronic resources.
For the 2004 fiscal year, the latest year for which comparative data are available, the University ranked 24th overall
among 113 universities in the Association of Research Libraries, 41st in volumes added, 18th in serial subscriptions,
33rd in microform units, 21st in government documents, and 39th in expenditures for collections.
2. The University of Virginia Library System’s Collections
The University of Virginia’s ten schools offer degrees at the baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral levels. The
University maintains an extensive library system with collections that support all of the degrees offered.
The University Library
The University Library maintains 13 facilities to house the collections that serve the institution’s undergraduate,
graduate, professional, and faculty research programs. One of these, the Ivy Stacks, is a high-density shelving facility
that holds approximately 15 percent of the library’s print collections. The remaining 12 facilities are the following.
Alderman Library holds the majority of the university’s collections in the humanities and social sciences, and
contains outstanding collections in English and American literature, history, politics, and religious studies. A
recent gift acquisition is the Tibetan Collection, one of the most complete collections of Tibetan documents in
Clemons Library contains a core collection of high-demand items primarily for the undergraduate user. Clemons
also houses the Robertson Media Center, which supports many academic programs as well as the Media Studies
Program. The media center’s collection contains 20,000 video recordings on tape and disc, including the South
Asian Video Collection, which comprises more than 2,000 videos in a variety of Indian languages. The RMC
houses the Digital Media Lab where digital collections are acquired and produced (via student and faculty
projects). Digital images include the Associated Press Archive of 500,000 photographs documenting news
events from 1840 to the present day.
The Harrison Institute/Small Special Collections Library houses the Mary & David Harrison Institute for American
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