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SCS Monographs Index

These numbers are based on more than 230 U.S. academic libraries, and over 111 million holdings. They include research libraries, state universities, 4-year colleges, and a handful of community colleges.

Collection measure Average value High value Low value
Monographs Count 474,068 3,339,848 13,420
Titles held by 100+ U.S. libraries—same edition 63% 94% 20%
Titles held by 5 or fewer U.S. libraries—any edition 3% 18% 0%
Held in Hathi Trust with In Copyright status 41% 57% 18%
Held in Hathi Trust with Public Domain status 7% 16% 0%
Titles with Zero Recorded Uses 41% 99% 9%
Titles with 1 to 3 Recorded Uses 30% 53% 0%
Titles with 3+ Recorded Uses 29% 65% 0%
Publication year prior to 2005 87% 100% 54%
Possible Duplicates 9% 44% 0%

Updated: January 2018

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Sustainable Collection Services provides tools and services to help manage, share, archive or remove monographs to transform valuable library space. GreenGlass is a purpose-built, interactive application that allows you to explore your print collection.

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